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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. Zeus and the other gods took over when Zeus dethroned ____________ and seized his power.

2. The Romans believed in the Olympian gods, giving them different ___________.

3. _______________ was the goddess of wisdom, and protector of cities and civilization.

4. What happened when King Minos locked this inventor up in his own labyrinth?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What led to the Trojan War? Was this war necessary? Why or why not?

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

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

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

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

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

8. Who won the Trojan War? How did they win? What do their successful tactics say about them?

9. What lesson can be learned about the power of the gods from these stories? Is this lesson still relevant today? Why or why not?

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

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

Dionysus and Demeter had two of the most important cults.

Part 1) Describe each of these gods and their roles in Greek mythology. How did they help man explain the ways in which the world works? How did this make these two gods so important?

Part 2) Why did these gods suffer more in their mythology than other gods? What does this reveal about the Greeks and their beliefs about man and the gods? How is this suffering both good and bad?

Part 3) Do the world's major religions today have gods that suffer? If so, explain this suffering. If not, why not? What does this suffering, or lack thereof, reveal about these religious believers?

Essay Topic 3

Greeks had a low opinion of women.

Part 1) Support the statement "Greeks had a low opinion of women" with information from this book. Why might the Greeks have had such a low opinion of women? How might this have affected the lives of women in ancient Greece?

Part 2) How do other world religions today view women? How does this view of women compare to that of the Greeks? What might be the reasons for any similarities and/or differences in this view of women?

Part 3) Has the view of women changed greatly over the centuries? If so, how? If not, why not? What can be done to continue to encourage equality between the sexes?

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