Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz 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?
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?
Greeks had a low opinion of women.
Part 1) Support the statement "Greeks had a low opinion of women" with information from this book. Why might the Greeks have had such a low opinion of women? How might this have affected the lives of women in ancient Greece?
Part 2) How do other world religions today view women? How does this view of women compare to that of the Greeks? What might be the reasons for any similarities and/or differences in this view of women?
Part 3) Has the view of women changed greatly over the centuries? If so, how? If not, why not? What can be done to continue to encourage equality between the sexes?
Murder frequently takes place in Greek mythology.
Part 1) Describe two stories in which a murder or murders take place. Why do these murders take place? How do these murders affect the other characters in the story? How might the murders affect those who hear this story?
Part 2) Is murder a popular theme of American folk tales? Why or why not? What does this reveal about the Greeks? What does this reveal about Americans? How does this theme of murder add to the drama and tragedy of Greek mythology?
Part 3) What do you believe is the most popular of themes in American tales? Use at least two stories to support this belief. Why is this a popular theme? What does this reveal about Americans?
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