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

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

3. Which of the following is NOT an argument that Pythagoras gives against the practice of eating meat?

4. Which family member does Byblis inappropriately fall in love with?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Scylla exact her revenge on Circe?

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

3. Why does Byblis turn into a stream?

4. How does Romulus restore the throne of his grandfather?

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

6. Why does Pythagoras believe that man should abstain from eating meat?

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

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

9. How does Orpheus die?

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

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

Many of the gods go through metamorphoses from spirit into animal. Choose two gods who were transformed, explain the circumstances surrounding their metamorphoses, and explain why each object of metamorphoses was chosen explicitly for that god's situation.

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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