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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. Hera is the first of a group of goddesses described as what?
2. Who kidnapped Persephone?
3. Who arrived with a message, regarding Persephone, for Persephone's mother?
4. The "circle of fear" that the author refers to associates vulnerability with what?
5. According to the author, what might some women like about Hera?
Short Essay Questions
1. How was Demeter different from the other goddesses?
2. What is most important for Demeter women?
3. What is the chief characteristic of the vulnerable goddesses?
4. How did Hera and her husband meet and marry?
5. What did Eris do in response to the affront she received?
6. Aphrodite is the goddess of what?
7. What constitutes the nature of a heroine?
8. What war started as a result of Eris' trick?
9. How many chapters are devoted to Aphrodite?
10. What are some of the characteristics of a Hera woman?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Hestia is the goddess of the hearth and of intergenerational family life. What is the symbolic significance of the hearth in ancient Grecian society? What is its practical purpose? What qualities does Hestia have, as the goddess of the hearth? Why does Hestia receive so many offerings? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.
Essay Topic 2
Eris, the goddess of strife and discord, does not have much space devoted to her in the book, but the author points out that she also plays a role in women's lives. What is Eris's influence on women's lives? What situations might she be involved with? How can women relate to the Eris archetype and learn to minimize her influence in their lives? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.
Essay Topic 3
Artemis displays a rather constant preference for females, while Athena is almost always in the company of men or boys. Why is this so? What is the difference in the ways the two goddesses relate to men? What do they have in common? What information can we gather about the personalities of the two goddesses as a result of their relationships with men? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.
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