Metamorphoses Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What does Medea instruct Pelias' daughters to do to their father?

2. After visiting a man named Lycaon, what disastrous event does Jupiter create to wipe out humanity?

3. How many years is Tereus married to Procne before he begins to see other women?

4. On what animal does Medea practice her youth-building spell?

5. Why does Jason arrive at King Aetes' court?

Short Essay Questions

1. What condition does Jupiter come up with for the return of Proserpina from the underworld?

2. How does Europa come to be missing?

3. What does Minos continually have a recurring dream about?

4. How is Hercules killed?

5. Why does Tereus believe that his relationship with Procne is doomed from the start?

6. What happens when Andromeda's fiance breaks up her wedding to Perseus?

7. What happens when Medea attempts to help Pelias' daughter return their father to an age of youthfulness?

8. What is a Minotaur, and what is Minos' reaction to it?

9. How are the five families of Thebe formed?

10. What is Narcissus' reaction to Echo's advances, and how does she respond?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Taking a woman by force is an unfortunately common practice in Ovid's "Metamorphoses". Explain how women are treated by the gods in the novel, and how the practice of taking a woman by force relates to the idea of love.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the novel, Ovid makes very clear statements about the sanctity of marriage. Compare / contrast two marriages presented in the novel, and explain how each of these marriages forwards the message that Ovid is giving the reader about the sanctity of marriage during the time of the Olympian gods.

Essay Topic 3

The Olympian gods were often hypocritical in the novel. Choose two examples of rules that the mortals were given that the gods blatantly ignored. Then, explain the effect that the hypocritical nature the gods expressed had on their relationships with the mortals.

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