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. Who inspires Myscelus to start the land of Crotana?

2. What ears does Apollo place atop Midas' head?

3. Where does Scylla hide out after her transformation?

4. What type of bird is Daedalion transformed into when he jumps off the cliff?

5. What is Hippolytus' name changed to when he is given a second life?

Short Essay Questions

1. What story does Hippolytus tell Numa's wife when she is mourning over her husband's death?

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

3. How does Hippomenes outsmart Atalanta?

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

5. How does Pygmalion meet his wife?

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

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

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

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

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

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 3

All of Ovid's relationships in the text seem to end the same way - with one or both of the lovers in extreme pain. Choose two relationships featured in the novel and explain how pain inevitably rose from the couple's love.

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