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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. Perseus was famous for killing ___________, a Gorgon whose gaze could turn a man to stone.
2. The main gods, or ______________, lived on Mount Olympus.
3. The myths conveyed developing religious ideas concerning ____________.
4. To what did Atalanta challenge all her suitors?
5. 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?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why were the Greek gods worshiped? How does this reason compare to the reasons one might worship a god today?
2. How did Medea help Jason? Why did she help him? Should she have helped him? Why or why not?
3. How did Zeus become the king of the gods?
4. Choose another one of the love stories. How does this story show the kindness the gods are capable of feeling?
5. How does the story of the Trojan War support the fact that many heroes have the same fatal flaw?
6. How was Theseus honored by the Athenians? Why was he honored in this way?
7. Describe Greek heroes. What was the most common flaw? Is this a common flaw in humanity? Why or why not?
8. Why was Perseus famous? Does this make him a hero? Why or why not?
9. Should Greek mythology be understood as a bible of sorts? Why or why not?
10. Describe the appearance and behavior of the Greek gods. What does this reflect, regarding the attitude towards mankind?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The Greek gods were based on the perfect man.
Part 1) What did the Greeks consider a perfect man? Why might they have thought this? How did the gods reflect this attitude regarding man? How did this, in turn affect man?
Part 2) Choose two Greek gods or goddesses. What human qualities do they have? How do these gods or goddesses affect humans? How might one relate to these gods or goddesses?
Part 3) What are two world religions of today? Describe their god or gods. How do these gods compare to the Greek gods? What might this reveal about the people who worship this god or these gods today?
Essay Topic 2
There are several myths about the royal House of Athens.
Part 1) Summarize these stories. What do these stories say about this house? How are these stories similar to those of the House of Atreus and the House of Thebes? What does this reinforce about the gods and their relationships with humans?
Part 2) How are these myths both good and bad? How is this house different from the Houses of Atreus and Thebes? Might these differences be seen today? How might this still affect Athenians today? Explain.
Part 3) What is another city or country in the world today that believes it is special because of its religious connections? How does this affect how its citizens act towards others? Do you see this religious pride as something that is good or bad? Why?
Essay Topic 3
The author states that Greek mythology should not be seen as a Bible of religious belief.
Part 1) What is meant by this statement? How should Greek mythology be viewed? Why should it not be understood as a Bible of religious belief? How might this affect one's belief in the Greek gods? How does this affect the power of these gods?
Part 2) How did this give freedom to various Greek writers and thinkers throughout history? How did these writers and thinkers influence Greek mythology? Why did they influence it in this way?
Part 3) Would a religion such as what is known as Greek mythology flourish today? Why or why not? What is necessary for a religion to be successful today? How does this reflect mankind today? What does it also reveal about the ancient Greeks?
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