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. Which of the following activities does Atalanta challenge her potential suitors to?

2. What is Eurydice bitten by on the day of her wedding?

3. What does Venus give to Hippomenes to distract Atalanta?

4. Whose oracle does Ceyx seek out for advice after his livestock are attacked?

5. How is Acis killed?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Hyacinth find himself transformed into a flower?

2. What does Ovid predict about the words of his novel in his epilogue?

3. What story does Vertumnus tell Pomona, luring her into a relationship with him?

4. Why does Daedalion throw himself off a cliff?

5. How does Orpheus lose his wife, Eurydice?

6. What does Calchas see when the Greeks are chasing after the Trojans, and how is this sighting interpreted?

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

8. How does Pygmalion meet his wife?

9. How does Hippomenes outsmart Atalanta?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Many of the gods act violently toward the mortals they rule over. Choose two examples of violence against the mortals and then explain what effect the violent behaviors of the gods had on the balance between the two worlds.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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