Metamorphoses Test | Final 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. How does Byblis tell the family member that she is in love with him?

2. Where does Orpheus go to attempt to win back his wife?

3. What does Laomedon promise to pay the gods for their help in building a wall around Troy?

4. Who does Chione liken herself to in beauty?

5. How do Aeneas' daughters escape their lives of slavery?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Midas find himself with the ears of a donkey?

2. What question does Tlepolemus ask Nestor during his storytelling, and what is Nestor's response?

3. How is Crotana founded?

4. How does Peleus eventually get Thetis to marry him?

5. How does Hippomenes outsmart Atalanta?

6. How is Achilles killed?

7. How does Cipius convince Rome to exile him to his own land?

8. Why does Daedalion throw himself off a cliff?

9. How does Hecuba exact her revenge on her son, Polydorus?

10. What does Alcyone see in her dream brought to her by the nymph Sleep?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Almost all interactions with the Olympian gods resulted in either punishment or reward for the lesser beings. Choose one example of punishment and one example of reward given by the Olympian gods. How does this dichotomy affect the relationship that lesser beings have with the Olympian gods throughout the text?

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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