The Cattle Raid of Cooley Test | Final Test - Hard

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Laeg and Cuchulain get ready for battle. What does Laeg do about the chariot?

2. Why did the men of Ulster come together?

3. What does Cuchulain want the Ulstermen to do?

4. Who visit the Irish in their camps?

5. The battle for Medb's daughter is called a white-fight. Why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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