The Cattle Raid of Cooley Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do Ailill and Medb want to ask Cuchulain for after the slaughter of the boy trooper?

2. What do Medb and Ailill think is responsible for Cuchulain's success in battle?

3. What is the name of the bull of Cooley?

4. Why is Cuchulain sad about fighting Ferbaeth?

5. Why does Medb want her men to tunnel through the mountain?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who does Cuchulain kill in "The Meeting of Cuchulain and Finnabair". Why?

2. Why did Setanta's name get changed?

3. What did Fergus and Cuchulain agree to do that they would never normally do. What was the result of this?

4. What promise does Cuchulain make to Luguid about his brother Larini?

5. How does Cuchulain heal Morrigan?

6. What do we learn about Medb in "The Pillow Talk"?

7. How are the charioteers from Ulster killed by the Irish?

8. How does the fairy Morrigan disguise herself while Loch is battling with Cuchulain? Is she successful in stopping Cuchulain?

9. Why does Cuchulain kill Lochi? Who is she?

10. What are some of the actions of the Ulstermen as the eve of the great battle approaches?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the exposition and the resolution components in The Cattle Raid of Cooley, as they relate to the state of the kingdoms of Ireland and Ulster, citing specific examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

The tragic flaw is used in literary works to show the weakness of humans and how it influences the outcomes of many situations. Write a short essay wherein you list what you consider five fatal flaws and how they can have a serious influence on people's lives. Choose one of these fatal flaws and apply it to a character in The Cattle Raid at Cooley and show how it influences the outcome of the story.

Essay Topic 3

"Imagery" is language that is used to portray something so that we can visualize an element of a story in our mind's eye.

(1) Give at least four examples from the book where imagery is used to enhance the story;

(2) Refer to Chapter 36 for specific examples of imagery that evoke a picture of Cuchulain as he appears to the women and civilians who are traveling with the army; and (3) State why you believe strong imagery is important when a story is told with only words.

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