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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. Why does Jason arrive at King Aetes' court?

2. What type of plant does Dyrope pick to give to Hercules when he is born?

3. What type of animal does Meleager kill, giving all of the credit to Atalanta?

4. During the competition, what does Minerva's portrait exemplify?

5. What is Minos searching for in Athens?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does Perseus come to marry Andromeda?

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

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

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

9. How are the five families of Thebe formed?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

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