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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. ______________ was a great inventor who built the labyrinth for the Minotaur.

2. These gods were the children of the ____________, who were the children of heaven and earth.

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

4. What turned crimson in honor of Pyramus and Thisbe's great love?

5. How is the creation myth of the Greeks peculiar?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are two important lessons taught in the Odyssey?

3. How is Aeneas' story unique?

4. Choose one of the love stories in this section. Summarize this story. How does it reflect someone's jealousy?

5. Use two stories from this section to prove that much of Norse mythology is depressing.

6. How did Hercules purify himself? Do you see this as being necessary? Why or why not?

7. How are the depressing qualities of Norse mythology turned into a positive situation?

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

9. How did Zeus become the king of the gods?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are two families discussed in this book who suffer greatly.

Part 1) Who are these two families? How did they become so unlucky? Were they deserving of this bad luck? Why or why not? Could this luck have been avoided? If so, how? If not, why not? Could anyone in these families have stopped the passing along of bad luck? If so, how? If not, why not?

Part 2) What do these stories say about those who act poorly and offend the gods? What do these stories also say about the gods themselves? In our own culture, do we believe that bad luck can be passed down through a family? Why or why not?

Part 3) Do you believe in luck? Why or why not? How did you come to have this belief? How does this belief influence your daily decisions and actions? Might your belief regarding luck ever change? If so, how? If not, why not?

Essay Topic 2

Tragedy was often a part of Greek mythology.

Part 1) Describe four myths that one would consider tragic. What led to tragedy in each of these myths? How does the tragedy found in each myth compare to the tragedy found in the others?

Part 2) What is the purpose of this tragedy? What does it reveal about the Greeks? What lessons can still be learned from this tragedy today? Do tragedies such as this exist in contemporary literature? Why or why not?

Part 3) Do you believe that tragic tales are necessary for a culture? Why or why not? Is there a focus on tragedy in American literature? Why or why not? What does this say about Americans and their view of tragedy and loss?

Essay Topic 3

Greek mythology serves several purposes.

Part 1) What are the various purposes of Greek mythology? Give an example of a myth that fits each of these purposes and explain how it serves this purpose. How do the reasons for the existence of Greek mythology compare to the reasons for other folk tales and myths from other parts of the world?

Part 2) Give an example of an American folk tale. How is this similar to Greek mythology? What is the purpose of this tale? What does it reveal about Americans? Is this tale still relevant for Americans today? Why or why not?

Part 3) Are myths and folk tales as important today as they were in the past? Why or why not? What does this reveal about many cultures around the world today, including their belief systems and understanding of the world?

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