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

2. What animal propels Juno's chariot?

3. Where do Cadmus and his wife live out the rest of their days after their transformation?

4. What does Jason ask Medea to give his ailing father?

5. What type of beast does Apollo give Cononis' baby to?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Perseus come to marry Andromeda?

4. What happens after Juno enlists Tisiphone to help her extract her revenge on Athamas and Ino?

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

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

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

8. What is the result of Phaeton's visit to the Sun?

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

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

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

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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