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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. Why was refusing someone a burial a serious affront to the gods?

2. Who was the only Trojan prince to escape?

3. Of what did Psyche become the goddess?

4. Pyramus and Thisbe agreed to meet by _________.

5. Why did the Greeks create their myths, initially?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How is Aeneas' story unique?

6. Describe Greek heroes. What was the most common flaw? Is this a common flaw in humanity? Why or why not?

7. 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?

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

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

10. Who won the Trojan War? How did they win? What do their successful tactics say about them?

Essay 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

There are several love stories that are a part of Greek mythology.

Part 1) Summarize two of these love stories. What is the purpose of each of these love stories? What do these stories say about love? How does this reflect the ancient Greek's view of love?

Part 2) How are love stories an important part of other cultures? How is love a universal part of life? How does it differ from one culture to the next? Why is it such an important part of the spectrum of human emotion?

Part 3) To you, what does it mean to love? How important is love to one's quality of life? Explain. How have you witnessed love in your own life? How has this affected you? How might it influence your behavior towards others?

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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