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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. At the age of five, how does Cuchulain show he has special abilities?

2. What does the narrator tell the reader at the end of "The Foretelling"?

3. How does Medb react to Fedelm's prophecy of a bloody battle?

4. Why does the fairy put magical herbs on Cuchulain while he sleeps?

5. The Crutti Cainbilli were not ordinary men at all. What were they?

Short Essay Questions

1. Fueled by the anger of the Slaughter of the Youths, what does Cuchulain do?

2. Who was Ferchu and what did he do?

3. Who is Fedelm and what does she tell Medb?

4. How do the Irish women react to Cuchulain in his regular clothing and hairstyle?

5. Describe Cuchulain's actions in "Now of the Battle".

6. Show another example of loyalty for Cuchulain as it appears in "The Combat of Calatin's Children".

7. What does the "red-shame of Menn" refer to?

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

9. How do we know that Ferdiad and Cuchulain were equally matched warriors?

10. What does Ailill's spy find out about Medb and Fergus? What does Ailill do about it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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.

Essay Topic 2

The battle that ensues over Dann of Cooley is a direct result of Medb's ambition. Show (1) how this ambition ultimately leads to much loss of life among the Irish and the Ulstermen; and (2) how ambition is Medb's tragic flaw and how it relates the resolution at the end of the book.

Essay Topic 3

Point-of-view refers to the narrative voice of a literary work. What is the point-of-view in The Cattle Raid of Cooley?

(a) Give three examples that show biases the narrator has in telling the story. For example, does the narrator always support the protagonist?

(b) What is the "tone" of the narrative voice in The Cattle Raid of Cooley? Give three examples that show you support the narrative voice as being positive, negative, neutral, or all three at different times.

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