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. Fedelm is a prophet. What is she doing when Medb meets her for the first time?

2. How did the men of Ireland and Ulster honor the men who died in battle?

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

4. What are the men of Ireland finally able to do after they finish the tunnel?

5. How does Cuchulain convince Loch that he should fight him?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Cuchulain show the Irish that he is a real threat to them?

2. Who is Orlam and what happens to him?

3. Who was Ferchu and what did he do?

4. Why is Cethern a good ally for Cuchulain?

5. Medb decides she wants a great bull to match Ailill's. What is the outcome of this?

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

7. Why is Cuchulain not happy with his father's actions in The Repeated Warning of Sualtaim? What does Cuchulain have to do in the end?

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

9. Cuchulain kills Cyr in a very unusual way. What was it?

10. What happens at the impassable river the Irish army come upon?

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

Pride as a personal characteristic is prevalent in The Cattle Raid of Cooley. Show how pride is shown as a characteristic of these warriors and provide two instances where pride influences their decisions or actions:

(a) Cuchulain

(b) Fergus

(c) Ferdiad

Essay Topic 3

(a) Explain what is meant by "mood" in a literary work.

(b) Give three examples of how mood might be portrayed to the reader.

(c) In Chapters 28 and 29 (The Slaying of Ferbaeth and The Combat of Larini MacNois) show how the mood of the novel changes due to the portrayal of Cuchulain and his actions and feelings.

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