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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. To what did Atalanta challenge all her suitors?

2. The behavior of the Greek gods reflects the Greek attitude towards the beauty and perfection of _______.

3. What happened when Venus gave Psyche a series of impossible tasks?

4. ____________ was the god of light, archery, music, culture, healing, and prophecy.

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How were early royal Greek families able to claim lineage with the gods? How might they have benefited from this?

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

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

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

5. What are two ancient sources that can be used to study Greek mythology? How is each of these sources useful?

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

7. Describe the appearance and behavior of the Greek gods. What does this reflect, regarding the attitude towards mankind?

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

9. Why did Greek mythology come to exist? What was its purpose?

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

Norse mythology is studied in the last section of this book.

Part 1) Describe Norse mythology. Who are the main gods? What are the basic beliefs regarding the gods, life on earth, and the afterlife? What does Norse mythology reveal about those who believe in it?

Part 2) Why does the author choose to analyze Norse mythology after studying Greek mythology for the rest of the book? How similar is Norse mythology to Greek mythology? How are these two mythologies different? How can these mythologies be used to compare these two different cultures?

Part 3) How do these mythologies compare to other ancient religious beliefs? Why do similarities exist? What does this say about mankind and his understanding of the universe of which he is a part?

Essay Topic 2

By the 5th century BC, the Greeks were beginning to doubt the truth of the myths.

Part 1)Describe the Greeks myths up to this point. How might the Greeks have been affected by these myths? Why might the Greeks have begun to doubt the validity of the myths? What does this reveal about the Greeks of the 5th century BC?

Part 2) How did this doubt affect Greek mythology and the Greek gods? Who played a large role in spreading this doubt? Why did they want to spread doubt?

Part 3) How have modern religions be affected by feelings of doubt? How do modern religions deal with feelings of doubt among its believers, as well as outsiders? Would you consider these world religions to be myths, similar to Greek mythology? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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