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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 Murderer" who eats the man?

2. In "The Orator Demades" who is Demeter ?

3. In "The Three Oxen and the Lion" how does the lion eat the oxen?

4. In "The Man Who Found a Golden Lion" the statue represents which animal?

5. In "The Sleeping Dog and the Wolf" which animal pounces on a sleeping dog?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. In "Zeus, Prometheus, Athena, and Momos" why is Momos banished from the Olympus?

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

6. In "The Ploughman and the Eagle" why does the eagle protect the ploughman from the collapsing wall?

7. In "The Jackdaw and the Fox" why does the fox ask the jackdaw to stop living on hope?

8. In "The Frogs Who Demanded a King" what does Zeus do when the frogs demand a King?

9. In "The Fox and the Bunch of Grapes" what does the fox call the grapes even though he has not tasted them?

10. In "The Fox and the Monkey Elected King" what does the fox do to the monkey?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How do fables employ various animals in different ways to portray human strengths and weaknesses and to pass down wisdom from one generation to the next?

Essay Topic 2

What is an allegory? How has the author employed allegory in the fables collection?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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