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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 bad luck began with Tantalus, who served up his own son at a banquet for the gods, perhaps to do what?
(a) Disgust them.
(b) Poison them.
(c) Test or mock them.
(d) Confuse them.

2. After killing some of the Sun-god's ______________, all of Odysseus' men were punished by drowning in a storm.
(a) Chickens.
(b) Pigs.
(c) Horses.
(d) Cattle.

3. With whom did Agamemnon's wife have an affair?
(a) Her neighbor Aegisthus.
(b) His cousin Aegisthus.
(c) Her cousin Aegisthus.
(d) Her brother-in-law Aegisthus.

4. The society Aeneas founded would one day flourish into ___________.
(a) The great nation of Italy.
(b) The great city of Athens.
(c) The great Roman Republic.
(d) The great nation of Greece.

5. What did Jocasta and Oedipus do when they realized they were mother and son?
(a) Jocasta killed Oedipus and then killed herself.
(b) Jocasta killed herself, and Oedipus blinded himself before going into exile.
(c) They both blinded themselves.
(d) Oedipus killed Jocasta and then killed himself.

Short Answer Questions

1. This chapter gives brief summaries of _______________ more myths.

2. Modern scholarship usually dates The Odyssey to around the ______ century BC.

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

4. Who composed the Odyssey?

5. Why did visiting the underworld mark Aeneas as a very special hero?

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. How is Aeneas like both Jason and Odysseus?

4. Of these two families, which deserved their bad luck the least? Why?

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

6. Why might Zeus have struck Aesculapius dead?

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

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

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

10. How are the lessons learned from these stories relevant today?

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