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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. Pegasus was used to help kill the fearsome monster called the Chimaera, which had the body and head of a fire-breathing _______, a goat's head in the middle of its back, and a snake for a tail.
(a) Horse.
(b) Lion.
(c) Tiger.
(d) Dragon.

2. Pyramus and Thisbe were neighbors who fell in love, but who would not allow them to marry?
(a) The gods.
(b) Their neighbors.
(c) Their parents.
(d) Their religious leaders.

3. 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 never touch her.
(c) Orpheus must not look back at her until she was in the land of the living again.
(d) Orpheus must not touch her until she was in the land of the living again.

4. To whom was Helen married?
(a) King Perseus of Sparta.
(b) King Midas of Athens.
(c) King Theseus of Athens.
(d) King Menelaus of Sparta.

5. Out of this came Night and Death, then Light, followed by Earth (_________) and Heaven (Ouranos, or Uranus).
(a) Xenophon.
(b) Parmenides.
(c) Gala.
(d) Ephesus.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why were the gods worshiped?

2. Apollo (also known as Apollo to the Romans) and _________ were the children of Zeus and Leto.

3. 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.

4. The behavior of the Greek gods reflects the Greek attitude towards the beauty and perfection of _______.

5. Theseus was honored by the Athenians as a protector of _____________ and a great king of their city.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How were Homeric heroes different from earlier Greek heroes? What does this say about the Greeks at the time?

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

4. Describe Demeter and Dionysus. How were Demeter and Dionysus unique?

5. Describe Greek heroes. What was the most common flaw? Is this a common flaw in humanity? Why or why not?

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

7. What ended when Atalanta was married? What does this reinforce in Greek culture?

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

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

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

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