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

2. On what continent does Miletus give birth to twins?

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

4. Who does Cupid's first arrow hit?

5. How many children does Niobe lose after she refuses to comply with the gods?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is a Minotaur, and what is Minos' reaction to it?

4. Why do Pyramus and Thisbe kill themselves?

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

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

7. How is Pentheus killed?

8. How are the five families of Thebe formed?

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

10. Who is Erysichthon and how is he punished for his actions against the nymph?

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

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

In the beginning of time after creation, the humans go through four distinct ages. Briefly describe the four ages, and explain which among them had the largest impact on humanity, citing examples from the text to strengthen your argument.

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