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 adjectives best describes Myrrha?

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

3. What does Circe transform the soldiers scouting her island into?

4. What does Apollo conceal himself behind when he whispers advice to Paris during the war?

5. To whom does the council award the armor that has been fought over by Ajax and Ulysses?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Daedalion throw himself off a cliff?

2. Why does Ulysses believe that he should be entitled to Achilles' armor after he dies?

3. How does Hippomenes outsmart Atalanta?

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

5. What is interesting about Aeneas' three daughters?

6. Why does Myrrha transform into a tree?

7. What happens during the battle between Achilles and Cycnus?

8. How does Pygmalion meet his wife?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the most famous arguments in Ovid's "Metamorphoses" happens between Ulysses and Ajax after Achilles dies in battle, as both men want to inherit Achilles' armor. Explain the argument that each man gave for deserving the armor, and then explain the effect that the final decision had on the plot of the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Storytelling is an important asset to Ovid as he progresses through this novel. Explain how storytelling presents itself in the novel, and then compare / contrast storytelling and plot as they appear as themes in the novel as a whole.

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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