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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why did the Greeks create their myths, initially?
(a) As a way of understanding the world.
(b) As a way of connecting to the gods.
(c) As a way of teaching moral lessons.
(d) As a way of understanding the heavens.

2. 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 flood.
(c) A chariot accident.
(d) A car accident.

3. Of what did Psyche become the goddess?
(a) The soul.
(b) The heart.
(c) The mind.
(d) The body.

4. Why did Hercules kill his wife and children?
(a) He was tortured into killing them.
(b) He was framed for the killing of his family.
(c) Hera had put him under a spell.
(d) He was evil.

5. These gods were the children of the ____________, who were the children of heaven and earth.
(a) Titans.
(b) Angels.
(c) Devils.
(d) Godfather.

Short Answer Questions

1. ____________ was the goddess of love, who was said to have been born from the foam of the sea.

2. The Roman poet ________ wrote a lot about the myths, but presented them as silly stories that held no inner meaning.

3. ______________ was a great inventor who built the labyrinth for the Minotaur.

4. The main gods, or ______________, lived on Mount Olympus.

5. Zeus imprisoned the Titans and forced _______ to hold up the sky.

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Hercules purify himself? Do you see this as being necessary? Why or why not?

2. How was Theseus honored by the Athenians? Why was he honored in this way?

3. What led to the Trojan War? Was this war necessary? Why or why not?

4. Choose one of the love stories in this section. Summarize this story. How does it reflect someone's jealousy?

5. How did Medea help Jason? Why did she help him? Should she have helped him? Why or why not?

6. How were early royal Greek families able to claim lineage with the gods? How might they have benefited from this?

7. Overall, what were the initial roles of the Greek and Roman gods? How might this have been beneficial for mankind?

8. What are two ancient sources that can be used to study Greek mythology? How is each of these sources useful?

9. Who won the Trojan War? How did they win? What do their successful tactics say about them?

10. What is the lesson that is to be learned in the story of Phaeton? How is this an important lesson?

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