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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 Chariot of Hermes and the Arabs" whom does Hermes call liars and cheaters?

2. In "The Fox with a Swollen Stomach" why is the fox not able to come out of the hollow of the oak tree?

3. In "The Mule" what does the mule realize about her father?

4. In "The Swan Mistaken for a Goose" what two animals does the man keep?

5. In "The Fox and the Leopard" which two animals are comparing themselves?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In "The Three Oxen and the Lion" how does the lion manage to eat all the oxen one by one?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does the fox get revenge against the eagle in "The Eagle and the Fox"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Aesop's fables are as relevant today as they were centuries ago. Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

How do you think animals play an important role in Aesop's fables in terms of themes, writing styles, settings, etc.?

Essay Topic 3

Explain the connection between man and nature in Aesop's Fables. How do the fables show that man and nature are interdependent on each other?

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