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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. In "The Lion, the Wolf and the Fox" whose skin must the lion wear to keep himself alive?

2. In "The Ox-driver and Herakles" whom does the ox-driver invoke when his wagon falls?

3. In "The Reed and the Olive" which tree snaps?

4. In "The Fox and the Woodcutter" what do we learn of the fox?

5. In "The Lioness and the Vixen" why does the vixen criticize the lioness?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "The Nightingale and the Hawk" what does the hawk say to the nightingale?

2. In "The Lioness and the Vixen" why does the vixen criticize the lioness?

3. In "The Mischievous Man" how does the man try to prove that the Oracle of Delphi is a fraud?

4. In "The Sorceress" why is the sorceress sentenced to death?

5. In "The Raven and Hermes" why can't the raven be trusted?

6. In "The Lion and the Mouse Who Returned a Kindness" how does the mouse help the lion?

7. In "The Goat and the Donkey" why is the goat sacrificed?

8. In "The Kite Who Neighed" what happens to the kite?

9. In "The Hares and the Frogs" what makes the hares change their decision about drowning themselves?

10. In "The Middle-aged Man and His Mistresses" why does the man lose all his hair?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

If one wants to make an abstract idea understandable to the masses, one should present it as a story or parable. Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The Greeks were obsessed with beauty and intelligence among many other things. Do you see any fables depicting this? Which ones?

Essay Topic 3

What are the modes of conduct that are expected from Man as seen in the Fables?

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