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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Homer, an ancient Greek _________, provided a lot of important insight in his epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey.
(a) Poet.
(b) Singer.
(c) Musician.
(d) Novelist.

2. What did Medea do to the daughter of the king of Corinth?
(a) She hid her.
(b) She saved her.
(c) She killed her.
(d) She tortured her.

3. What happened when Venus gave Psyche a series of impossible tasks?
(a) Psyche was unable to complete them.
(b) Psyche could easily complete them.
(c) Psyche ignored Venus' tasks.
(d) Psyche was always helped by sympathetic creatures.

4. The behavior of the Greek gods reflects the Greek attitude towards the beauty and perfection of _______.
(a) Animals.
(b) God.
(c) Man.
(d) Nature.

5. Theseus was honored by the Athenians as a protector of _____________ and a great king of their city.
(a) The sick.
(b) The poor.
(c) Children.
(d) The defenseless.

6. When Alcyone's husband Ceyx was killed in ______________, the pitying gods sent her a dream to tell her the truth about what had happened to him.
(a) A storm at sea.
(b) A car accident.
(c) A flood.
(d) A chariot accident.

7. Pyramus and Thisbe agreed to meet by _________.
(a) A spruce tree.
(b) A mulberry tree.
(c) An oak tree.
(d) A pine tree.

8. How does Medea save herself and Jason from the huge bronze man Talus?
(a) By calling the hounds of Hades to help.
(b) By calling for her mother.
(c) By tricking Talus.
(d) By hiding them in an enchanted tree.

9. Theseus became a good and just king of _________ and took part in many more adventures, such as the Calydonian Boar hunt and the fight between Centaurs and Lapiths.
(a) Sparta.
(b) Rome.
(c) Athens.
(d) Delphi.

10. Apollo (also known as Apollo to the Romans) and _________ were the children of Zeus and Leto.
(a) Artemis/Diana.
(b) Artemis/Aphrodite.
(c) Diana/Venus.
(d) Aphrodite/Venus.

11. The story of the Trojan War was ______________ important and popular myths of the Greeks, and one which every educated Greek and Roman would have been familiar with.
(a) The most.
(b) Not one of the most.
(c) At times one of the most.
(d) One of the most.

12. Hercules was the son of Zeus and whom?
(a) Athena.
(b) A mortal woman.
(c) Hera.
(d) A nymph.

13. Persephone was enchanted by Orpheus' music, and Hades agreed to release Eurydice, on what condition?
(a) Orpheus must not ever look upon her.
(b) Orpheus must not touch her until she was in the land of the living again.
(c) Orpheus must not look back at her until she was in the land of the living again.
(d) Orpheus must never touch her.

14. The Greeks saw perfection in the ideal beauty of __________, and they used it as a model for their statues of the gods. .
(a) Nature.
(b) Youth.
(c) Animals.
(d) Man.

15. The Roman poet ________ wrote a lot about the myths, but presented them as silly stories that held no inner meaning.
(a) Ovid.
(b) Cercops.
(c) Homer.
(d) Oppian.

Short Answer Questions

1. The Titan called Cronus fought his father and took his power. Fearing that his children would do the same when they grew up, what did he do to each newborn baby?

2. Why did the Greeks create their myths, initially?

3. When a mortal committed a crime, broke an oath, or harmed a guest, they were seen to be ___________.

4. Achilles could not stand the slight to his honor that Agamemnon brought about by ______________.

5. When Zeus was born, what did Cronus' wife Rhea do?

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