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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did the Irish pick Tamon to go to Cuchulain in disguise?

2. Who is in love with Rochad?

3. What will Medb and Ailill not do if Menn retreats to his kingdom?

4. Who comes to help Cuchulain heal after his battle with Ferdiad?

5. What is the result of Cuchulain's anger fit?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose either of the following:

(a) Explain and give examples that support the characterization of Cuchulain as a superhuman young man with magical qualities. Compare and contrast this with the character of Medb, as presented in the book. Why does the author present the characters this way?

(b) Cuchulain is also presented as fairly ruthless early in the book but later on we start to see his more vulnerable, human side. Compare and contrast these two sides of Cuchulain's nature, citing four examples for each.

Essay Topic 2

(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.

Essay Topic 3

The pairing of conflict and archetypes are almost always elements of heroic tales. Considering this,

(a) define conflict and cite three examples of conflict in the novel,

(b) define archetypes and cite three examples of archetypes in the novel, (c) explain how conflict is built into the structure of The Cattle-Raid of Cooley, and

(d) explain how archetypes are used in Man vs. Man conflicts.

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