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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. In what "age of time" does war begin to break out, but there is still a sense of normality in the daily lives of the people?

2. What type of flower is Proserpina collecting when Dis first finds her?

3. With what weapon is Perseus threatened at his wedding?

4. Over what does Achelous find himself in a fight with Hercules?

5. As Cadmus and his wife mourn Athamas and Ino, what animals are they turned into by their grief?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How is Hercules killed?

7. Who are Philemon and Baucis?

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

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

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

Pythagoras acts as an important speaker at the end of Ovid's novel. Explain the arguments that Pythagoras gave, and how they acted to summarize the messages that Ovid attempted to make throughout the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Many mortals throughout the novel chose not to bow down to the power of the Olympian gods. Choose one defiant mortal from the novel and explain why he chose to stand up to the gods. Then, explain what happened as a result of the mortal's defiant behavior.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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