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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. When a mortal committed a crime, broke an oath, or harmed a guest, they were seen to be ___________.
2. The Romans believed in the Olympian gods, giving them different ___________.
3. The Greeks finally won the war with __________.
4. When a Trojan prince called Paris was asked to judge a beauty contest between three goddesses, who bribed him with the offer of the most beautiful woman in the world?
5. How was Achilles killed by Paris?
Short Essay Questions
1. Choose another love story from this section. How does this story show control or the lack of control?
2. Describe Greek heroes. What was the most common flaw? Is this a common flaw in humanity? Why or why not?
3. Why was Perseus famous? Does this make him a hero? Why or why not?
4. Choose two of the Greek gods or goddesses. Describe the personalities and roles of these gods or goddesses.
5. Choose another one of the love stories. How does this story show the kindness the gods are capable of feeling?
6. Describe the appearance and behavior of the Greek gods. What does this reflect, regarding the attitude towards mankind?
7. What lesson can be learned about the power of the gods from these stories? Is this lesson still relevant today? Why or why not?
8. What is the lesson that is to be learned in the story of Phaeton? How is this an important lesson?
9. How were Homeric heroes different from earlier Greek heroes? What does this say about the Greeks at the time?
10. Overall, what were the initial roles of the Greek and Roman gods? How might this have been beneficial for mankind?
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
The Greek gods were based on the perfect man.
Part 1) What did the Greeks consider a perfect man? Why might they have thought this? How did the gods reflect this attitude regarding man? How did this, in turn affect man?
Part 2) Choose two Greek gods or goddesses. What human qualities do they have? How do these gods or goddesses affect humans? How might one relate to these gods or goddesses?
Part 3) What are two world religions of today? Describe their god or gods. How do these gods compare to the Greek gods? What might this reveal about the people who worship this god or these gods today?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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