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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 the son of Zeus and whom?

2. Why were the gods worshiped?

3. When Zeus was born, what did Cronus' wife Rhea do?

4. Theseus was the son of ____________, king of Athens, but he was brought up in a city in southern Greece.

5. Theseus saved Athens from the cruelty of _______________, who demanded a tribute of seven maidens and seven young men every nine years to feed to the Minotaur.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Should Greek mythology be understood as a bible of sorts? Why or why not?

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

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

5. Describe one of the Greek creation stories. How does this story compare to your own idea regarding the creation of the world?

6. What ended when Atalanta was married? What does this reinforce in Greek culture?

7. Why were women seen as lesser beings? How does Greek mythology support this belief regarding women?

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

9. How were Homeric heroes different from earlier Greek heroes? What does this say about the Greeks at the time?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Mythology has been an important part of human cultures around the world.

Part 1) Support this statement with information from this text, as well as information you have learned from other sources. Why is mythology so important to humans? What does it provide mankind?

Part 2) Why have certain mythologies, such as Greek mythology, been so important for other cultures besides their own? How has Greek mythology and Greek culture influenced other areas of the world? How are the cultures of others seen in the way people live in the United States, and even in the way our country operates?

Part 3) Does modern mythology exist? If so, what is it? If not, why not? What information and beliefs from today will be passed on to future generations? How might our beliefs and ideas influence those living in the future? Use the text to support your response.

Essay Topic 2

King Midas was rewarded by Bacchus.

Part 1) Describe the story of King Midas. Why was he rewarded? How did this reward affect him? What does this reveal about King Midas? What can be learned from this story?

Part 2) How does Midas' story compare to other myths? What theme or themes can be found in this story? How is each theme also popular in other Greek myths? How might each theme also be important to the ancient Greeks? Are these themes important today? Why or why not?

Part 3) What is a tale or myth that is told today in the U.S.? Describe this tale. What are the themes found in this tale? What is the moral of this tale? How does this tale compare to Greek mythology? What does this tale reveal about modern Americans?

Essay Topic 3

There are several pre-Trojan War heroes that are of great significance.

Part 1) Who are these heroes? Describe each of these heroes and summarize his stories. How did each of them become a hero? What commonalities existed between these heroes?

Part 2) What do these heroes reveal about pre-Trojan War Greece? Based on these stories, what can be learned about how these Greeks felt about heroes, the gods, and their own lives? Do these myths seem realistic? Do you think that the Greeks believed these adventures had actually occurred? Why or why not?

Part 3) Describe the Trojan War heroes. How were they different from the pre-Trojan War heroes? Why? What were heroes like in early America? What made someone a hero at that point in our history? Are the qualities the same today as then? Why or why not? Might the definition of a hero change over time? Why or why not?

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