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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 was refusing someone a burial a serious affront to the gods?
(a) The gods had created the burial ceremony.
(b) Without a burial, the dead could not get to Mt. Olympus.
(c) The gods did not like to see death.
(d) Burial rites were incredibly important in ancient Greece.

2. Who was the only Trojan prince to escape?
(a) Adaeus.
(b) Aeneas.
(c) Aeschylus,
(d) Agathias.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The Greeks created their gods in whose image?

2. Otus and Ephialtes were ___________ who wanted to prove that they were the equals of the gods.

3. Later Greek writers include ______________, a lyric poet whose poems contained references to mythology, and the tragic playwrights Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides.

4. The Greeks saw perfection in the ideal beauty of __________, and they used it as a model for their statues of the gods. .

5. 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.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why were there many plays written about this family?

5. How is Aeneas' story unique?

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

7. How did the bad luck of the later generations reflect the bad luck of the earlier generations? What does this say about the tie between one generation and another?

8. Choose another love story from this section. How does this story show control or the lack of control?

9. How does the story of Procne, Philomela, and Tereus explain the origins of species?

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

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