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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. The inventor warned his son ______________.
(a) To not run too fast.
(b) To not become too sure of his safety.
(c) To not go too far away from him.
(d) To not fly too close to the sun.

2. The abduction of Helen began a _____ year war between Greece and Troy, with many heroes on both sides.
(a) Fifteen.
(b) Ten.
(c) Twenty.
(d) Five.

3. Phaёthon was the son of the Sun-god ____________.
(a) Apollo.
(b) Hermesianax.
(c) Helios.
(d) Agathon.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The heroes of the Trojan War, also called __________ heroes, were slightly different from the older mythological heroes such as Hercules, Perseus and Theseus.

2. How is the creation myth of the Greeks peculiar?

3. Pyramus and Thisbe were neighbors who fell in love, but who would not allow them to marry?

4. When a Trojan prince called Paris was asked to judge a beauty contest between three goddesses, who bribed him with the offer of the most beautiful woman in the world?

5. Theseus was the son of ____________, king of Athens, but he was brought up in a city in southern Greece.

Short Essay Questions

1. Should Greek mythology be understood as a bible of sorts? Why or why not?

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

3. Choose another one of the love stories. How does this story show the kindness the gods are capable of feeling?

4. Describe one of the Greek creation stories. How does this story compare to your own idea regarding the creation of the world?

5. Why was Perseus famous? Does this make him a hero? Why or why not?

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

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

8. What lesson can be learned about the power of the gods from these stories? Is this lesson still relevant today? Why or why not?

9. Why were women seen as lesser beings? How does Greek mythology support this belief regarding women?

10. How does the story of the Trojan War support the fact that many heroes have the same fatal flaw?

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