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 is unique about Argus' face?

2. How does Pyramus kill himself?

3. When Apollo goes missing, what does Mercury steal from him?

4. How does Hercules kill the beast that is attacking Deianara in the woods?

5. Who does Pronce kill in order to get back at her husband, Tereus?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is Hercules killed?

3. How does Io come to be pregnant with Erasmus?

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

5. Why is the beautiful princess transformed into a Crow?

6. How is Pentheus killed?

7. How does Minerva respond to Arachne's portrait of the gods?

8. In what ways do the brave villagers in Crete attempt to kill the wild boar that has been terrorizing the village?

9. How does Europa come to be missing?

10. What prophecy does Meleager's mother remember in regards to her son's life and death?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many of the mortals in the novel are great artists, especially with the skill of weaving. Choose two mortal women who used the practice of weaving to get messages across. Describe the weaving that each woman did, and compare / contrast the messages they were sending to the gods through their art.

Essay Topic 2

Pythagoras acts as an important speaker at the end of Ovid's novel. Explain the arguments that Pythagoras gave, and how they acted to summarize the messages that Ovid attempted to make throughout the novel.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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