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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was Medea?

2. ______________ was the god of the sea and brother of Zeus.

3. Pygmalion fell in love with the statue of a woman that he had created. Venus took pity on his aching heart and turned the statue into a real, living woman. Pygmalion married her and named her ____________.

4. What was the fatal flaw of most Greek heroes?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What are two ancient sources that can be used to study Greek mythology? How is each of these sources useful?

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

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

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

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

6. Describe the appearance and behavior of the Greek gods. What does this reflect, regarding the attitude towards mankind?

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

8. What lesson can be learned about the power of the gods from these stories? Is this lesson still relevant today? Why or why not?

9. How did Medea help Jason? Why did she help him? Should she have helped him? Why or why not?

10. Overall, what were the initial roles of the Greek and Roman gods? How might this have been beneficial for mankind?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

According to the Greeks, in the beginning their was only chaos.

Part 1) Describe the main stories of creation and the birth of man, according to Greek mythology. How do these stories compare to each other? What might be the reasons for differences between these stories?

Part 2) How do these stories compare to the creation stories found in world religions today? What might be the reason for any similarities? Are you surprised by these similarities? Why or why not?

Part 3) What are your beliefs regarding the creation of the universe and the birth of man? From where do your beliefs come? How has your culture influenced your beliefs regarding creation? How important is one's culture to one's beliefs? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Jason was the hero who set out to retrieve the Golden Fleece.

Part 1) Why did he set out to do this? What challenges did he face along the way? What led to these challenges? How did these challenges affect Jason? How did this adventure make him a hero in the eyes of the Greeks?

Part 2) How did Jason and his adventures compare to those of other heroes discussed in this book? Why did similarities exist? How do these similarities help one to determine the requirements of a Greek hero? Why did differences exist between Jason and other heroes? What does this also reveal about all Greek heroes?

Part 3) How do Jason and other Greek heroes compare to heroes, both real and fictional, in our own culture today? Do you see Jason and others as heroes? Why or why not? What is your definition of a hero? What is required to make someone a hero?

Essay Topic 3

The Trojan War lasted for many years.

Part 1) What was the cause of the Trojan War? What took place during the Trojan War? How were the Greeks and the Trojans affected by this war? How did the requirements of a hero also change because of this war?

Part 2) What ended the Trojan War? How were both the Greeks and Trojans affected by this event? What does this event say about the Greeks? What does it also say about the Trojans?

Part 3) Describe a war that has taken place since the United States has been a country. Why did it begin? What took place during this war? How long did it last? Why? How did it end? How did this war affect those involved? How are the effects of this war still seen today?

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