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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. This chapter describes a series of myths concerning the earliest kings and queens of Athens before who became king?
(a) Philomela.
(b) Perseus.
(c) Theseus.
(d) Erectheus.

2. Glaucus went to the witch Circe to ask for a love potion. How did Circe feel about the situation?
(a) Happy that Glaucus asked her for help.
(b) Furious that Glaucus loved Scylla and not her.
(c) Annoyed that Glaucus would waste her time on a love potion.
(d) Worried that Glaucus would never be loved by the nymph.

3. King Laius heard a prophecy that his own son would kill him, so the baby was sent away to be left to die on a hillside. What did the servant do with the baby?
(a) He left it as he was told.
(b) He kept it and raised it as his own.
(c) He killed it himself.
(d) He took it to the king and queen of Corinth.

4. Agamemnon's son Orestes was instructed by Apollo's oracle to slay the murderer of his father. This meant killing whom?
(a) His brother.
(b) His own mother.
(c) His aunt.
(d) His sister.

5. Midas asked for whatever he touched to turn to what?
(a) Gold.
(b) Platinum.
(c) Bronze.
(d) Silver.

Short Answer Questions

1. Minerva beat Arachne for her insolence and destroyed her work. What did Arachne do?

2. This king had been told in a prophecy that his daughter Lavinia was destined to marry __________, and he believed this referred to Aeneas.

3. The _____________ were fifty women who killed their husbands on the wedding night, with the exception of Hypermnestra, who woke her husband and helped him escape.

4. Callisto was loved by Zeus and hated by Hera. Hera turned her into a _________ and arranged for her son to kill it.

5. Odysseus rescued the men before visiting the dead prophet ________________ in the underworld.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did visiting the underworld mark Aeneas as a special hero? What does this say about the Greek's view of the afterlife?

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

4. Who are two members of this family who did not deserve the bad luck they received? Why?

5. How is this bad luck tied to the future of the city of Thebes?

6. 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?

7. What is the moral message of this family's stories?

8. What story explains the creation of spiders? How does this explain the creation of spiders?

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

10. Why might Zeus have struck Aesculapius dead?

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