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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 Man and the Lion Traveling Together" who emerges stronger?

2. In "The Fox and the Woodcutter" what do we learn of the fox?

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

4. In "The Fox and the Bramble" what is the fox trying to do?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. In "The Dog Who Carried the Meat" how does the dog lose his piece of meat?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. In "A Sick Raven" why will the sick raven not be cured?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Many animals do the talking in the fables. Do you see any reason for that? What is the reason behind animals taking on human characteristics in the fables?

Essay Topic 3

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

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