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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. Who asks for alms in "The Adder and the File"?

2. In "The Thieves and the Cock" what do the thieves steal?

3. In "The Lion and the Dolphin" whom does the lion call out to for help?

4. In "The Two Men Who Quarreled About the Gods" who or what are Theseus and Herakles?

5. In "The Raven and Hermes" which animal is caught in a snare?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Hermes learn about himself in "Hermes and the Sculptor"?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is the preponderant theme in all the fables?

Essay Topic 2

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

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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