The Complete Fables Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 Dog, the Cock, and the Fox" which animal does the dog tear to pieces?

2. In "The Frogs Who Demanded a King" what does Zeus throw into the water a second time?

3. To whom does the merchant sell this item to in "The Man Selling a Holy Statue"?

4. In "Zeus and the Men" what does Zeus ask Hermes to give all of mankind?

5. In "The Bird-catcher and the Asp" how does the bird catcher die?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In "Zeus and the Tortoise" why does Zeus curse the tortoise?

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

5. In "The Two Cocks and the Eagle" how does the winner end up losing?

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

7. In "The House-ferret and Aphrodite" why does Aphrodite change the girl back into a ferret?

8. In "The Reed and the Olive" what happens to the olive tree?

9. In "The Kid and the Wolf Who Played the Flute" what does the wolf realize about his nature?

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

What is the narrative technique of Aesop's fables?

Essay Topic 2

How do the objects used in all the fables (for example, the caves, trees, statues, etc.) encourage credulity to the setting in the fables?

Essay Topic 3

Give examples from the fables of some of the themes, metaphors, similes, and alliterations used. What do you think of the author's writing style?

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