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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

There are several myths about the royal House of Athens.

Part 1) Summarize these stories. What do these stories say about this house? How are these stories similar to those of the House of Atreus and the House of Thebes? What does this reinforce about the gods and their relationships with humans?

Part 2) How are these myths both good and bad? How is this house different from the Houses of Atreus and Thebes? Might these differences be seen today? How might this still affect Athenians today? Explain.

Part 3) What is another city or country in the world today that believes it is special because of its religious connections? How does this affect how its citizens act towards others? Do you see this religious pride as something that is good or bad? Why?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The Trojan War lasted for many years.

Part 1) What was the cause of the Trojan War? What took place during the Trojan War? How were the Greeks and the Trojans affected by this war? How did the requirements of a hero also change because of this war?

Part 2) What ended the Trojan War? How were both the Greeks and Trojans affected by this event? What does this event say about the Greeks? What does it also say about the Trojans?

Part 3) Describe a war that has taken place since the United States has been a country. Why did it begin? What took place during this war? How long did it last? Why? How did it end? How did this war affect those involved? How are the effects of this war still seen today?

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