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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 Fox and the Billy Goat" what do we learn of the goat?

2. In "Zeus and Apollo" who competes at archery?

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

4. In "The Ploughman and Chance" what does the ploughman find in the field?

5. In "The Seagull and the Kite" how does the gull rupture his gullet?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. In "The Hares and the Frogs" what makes the hares change their decision about drowning themselves?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How has the Fox been depicted in the fables? How do the Fox fables cast a true light on his character? Give examples.

Essay Topic 2

How did the morals of Aesop affect the political, social, and family life in Ancient Greece during the 400s and 300s B.C.? Can you find examples from this time period?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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