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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 Bear and the Fox" who is fighting over a dead swan?

2. In "The Heifer and the Ox" whom does the heifer see in the field?

3. In "The Doctor and the Sick Man" how does the doctor's patient die?

4. What item does the merchant sell in "The Man Selling a Holy Statue"?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In "The Oak Trees and Zeus" why do the oak trees appeal to Zeus for help?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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

Essay Topic 3

What can be said of the animal kingdom in Aesop's fables? Are they quick-witted, foolish, cunning, etc? Give examples.

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