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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. When presented with the reality of her situation, Persephone agreed to do what?
3. How many generations of incestuous relationships are detailed in Greek mythology?
4. The author assumes that, for many readers, vulnerability is closely associated with what?
5. What is the central factor of a Hera woman's life?
Short Essay Questions
1. What constitutes the nature of a heroine?
2. What is the chief characteristic of the vulnerable goddesses?
3. What happened to the goddess Eris?
4. What final arrangement was worked out between Persephone and her kidnapper?
5. What happened to the goddesses as a result of Eris' trick?
6. What does the author say about the "special woman" in Book 2, Chapter 11?
7. What role does grief play in the heroine's journey?
8. How was Demeter different from the other goddesses?
9. Aphrodite is the goddess of what?
10. Why are the goddesses great reminders, according to the author?
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
Aphrodite is the only goddess with two chapters devoted to her. Why does the author devote so much time to Aphrodite? Why is Aphrodite considered to be one of the most important goddesses? What areas of a woman's life are affected by the influence of Aphrodite? Why is Aphrodite called the "Alchemical Goddess"? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.
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