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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. How many children does Niobe lose after she refuses to comply with the gods?

2. How are the sons of Callirhoe altered after Hercules' death?

3. What does Medea agree to do in exchange for marrying Jason?

4. After Minerva begins to beat her, how does Arachne commit suicide?

5. After Tiresias is struck by a stick, what is changed about him?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Ovid, how is the earth created?

2. Who is Erysichthon and how is he punished for his actions against the nymph?

3. Why do Pyramus and Thisbe kill themselves?

4. Who are Philemon and Baucis?

5. What is the response to the three sisters who sit around gossiping and telling impious stories?

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

7. How does the competition between Minerva and Arachne progress?

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

9. How does Procne respond when she receives news of the way that Tereus is treating her sister, Philomena?

10. How does Europa come to be missing?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the most famous arguments in Ovid's "Metamorphoses" happens between Ulysses and Ajax after Achilles dies in battle, as both men want to inherit Achilles' armor. Explain the argument that each man gave for deserving the armor, and then explain the effect that the final decision had on the plot of the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Many of the gods go through metamorphoses from spirit into animal. Choose two gods who were transformed, explain the circumstances surrounding their metamorphoses, and explain why each object of metamorphoses was chosen explicitly for that god's situation.

Essay Topic 3

Storytelling is an important asset to Ovid as he progresses through this novel. Explain how storytelling presents itself in the novel, and then compare / contrast storytelling and plot as they appear as themes in the novel as a whole.

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