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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. The Greeks created their gods in whose image?

2. How was Achilles killed by Paris?

3. Homeric hymns, written from the end of the ______________ century BC to the fifth or even fourth century BC, were written to honor various gods.

4. Baucis and Philemon were an old couple who showed good hospitality towards ________________ when they visited them disguised as mortals.

5. When a mortal committed a crime, broke an oath, or harmed a guest, they were seen to be ___________.

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. Choose another one of the love stories. How does this story show the kindness the gods are capable of feeling?

3. Describe Demeter and Dionysus. How were Demeter and Dionysus unique?

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

5. What is the lesson that is to be learned in the story of Phaeton? How is this an important lesson?

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

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

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

9. How did Medea help Jason? Why did she help him? Should she have helped him? Why or why not?

10. Why was Perseus famous? Does this make him a hero? Why or why not?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Jason was the hero who set out to retrieve the Golden Fleece.

Part 1) Why did he set out to do this? What challenges did he face along the way? What led to these challenges? How did these challenges affect Jason? How did this adventure make him a hero in the eyes of the Greeks?

Part 2) How did Jason and his adventures compare to those of other heroes discussed in this book? Why did similarities exist? How do these similarities help one to determine the requirements of a Greek hero? Why did differences exist between Jason and other heroes? What does this also reveal about all Greek heroes?

Part 3) How do Jason and other Greek heroes compare to heroes, both real and fictional, in our own culture today? Do you see Jason and others as heroes? Why or why not? What is your definition of a hero? What is required to make someone a hero?

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