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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. The author assumes that, for many readers, vulnerability is closely associated with what?
2. What was Demeter's marital status?
3. In Book 2, Chapter 11, the author compares people to what?
4. Why did Hera get married?
5. The woman used as an example in Book 2, Chapter 11, had what sort of relationships with men?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the chief characteristic of the vulnerable goddesses?
2. How did Hera and her husband meet and marry?
3. What happened to the goddess Eris?
4. What is most important for Demeter women?
5. What is the "circle of fear"?
6. What are some of the characteristics of a Hera woman?
7. What were Aphrodite's most important relationships?
8. What is suggested by the switch from the virgin goddesses to the vulnerable ones?
9. According to the author, how does a heroine handle self-sacrifice?
10. What final arrangement was worked out between Persephone and her kidnapper?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The author points out that the maternal instinct can be triggered by one's own baby and by other women's babies; however, it is also possible to give birth to a baby and not feel maternal affection. How is the maternal instinct triggered? Is there a difference between the way a woman feels about another woman's baby and the way she feels about her own? Why don't some women have that instinct with their biological children? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.
Essay Topic 2
The author defines the concepts of "animus" and inner goddess. What is the difference between the two? How can awareness of each help women to better understand themselves? What are some examples of characteristics that relate to the animus and the inner goddess? 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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