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

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

3. How does Pyramus kill himself?

4. When Medea first sees Jason, which of the following best describes her response?

5. How does Clytie respond to the Sun's affair with Leucothoe?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens when Cephalus calls for a breeze to cool him in the woods?

3. Who do Cupid's first two arrows shoot, and what is the outcome?

4. How is Hercules killed?

5. How is Pentheus killed?

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

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

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

9. What significant events happen surrounding the birth of Hercules?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Ovid's speech and use of poetry in the text is for a specific purpose. Explain why Ovid chose to write his text in this way, and what was accomplished by the use of poetic language and form. Finally, explain what Ovid stated directly about his words in the epilogue of his novel.

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