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. After Castillo is reunited with her son, what does Jupiter transform the pair into?

2. When the nymphs come to bury Narcissus' body, what is the only thing that they find by the pool of water?

3. Why do Pyramus and Thisbe decide to run away from their families?

4. What part of her father's body does Scylla present to Minos in an act of love?

5. During the competition, what does Arachne's portrait exemplify?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How are the five families of Thebe formed?

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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