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 animal propels Juno's chariot?

2. In hearing of Mercury's affections for Herse, what goddess does Minerva transform herself into?

3. What object do Deucalian and Pyrrah throw to the earth, creating humans?

4. Where do the furies, including Tisiphone, live?

5. Who does Cupid's first arrow hit?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens when Medea attempts to help Pelias' daughter return their father to an age of youthfulness?

3. How is Pentheus killed?

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

5. Who are Philemon and Baucis?

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

7. How is Hercules killed?

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 the competition between Minerva and Arachne progress?

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

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

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.

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