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. Who is Sencha?

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

3. What do the Irish men think of the result of the meeting of the Ulstermen?

4. What do the Ulstermen do to Medb's bodyguards?

5. What does Cethern soak in for three days?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Heroism is a very common theme in stories of myth and legend. (a) in your own words, explain why you think this is so and the purpose it serves; (b) Give three examples of how Cuchulain is presented as a hero, for example, what characteristics and skills does the author describe; and (c) The story of Cuchulain's childhood is chronicled early in the book. Give at least two reasons why it is structured this way.

Essay Topic 2

Mythical tales almost always contain elements of magic. (a) In your own words, explain why this is; (b) give four examples of magic as they apply to the warriors that confront Cuchulain, and (c) describe Morrigan the Fairy's actions in 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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