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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 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?
(a) He suffocated it.
(b) He swallowed it.
(c) He poisoned it.
(d) He buried it.

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

3. When Zeus was born, what did Cronus' wife Rhea do?
(a) Fed Zeus to her husband.
(b) Poisoned Cronus.
(c) Fed Cronus a stone wrapped in blankets instead of Zeus.
(d) Buried Zeus before his father could find him.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Theseus saved Athens from the cruelty of _______________, who demanded a tribute of seven maidens and seven young men every nine years to feed to the Minotaur.

2. How was Achilles killed by Paris?

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

4. To punish men, Zeus sent them ___________.

5. To whom was Helen married?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the purpose of many of these stories?

2. Compare one of these stories to a fairly tale or tall tale with which you are familiar.

3. Why might someone want a cornucopia?

4. Choose two of the Greek gods or goddesses. Describe the personalities and roles of these gods or goddesses.

5. Why is the Odyssey considered an epic poem? Why was it so important to the Greeks?

6. What are the Danaids known for doing? Why might they have done this?

7. What are the purposes of myths, based on these stories?

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

9. How is Aeneas tied to the great Roman Republic?

10. What do all of these stories reveal about the gods?

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