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

2. Hesiod's _______________ is another main source, which asked questions about the origins of things.

3. Hercules was the son of Zeus and whom?

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

5. How was Achilles killed by Paris?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How was Theseus honored by the Athenians? Why was he honored in this way?

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

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

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

6. Choose two of the Greek gods or goddesses. Describe the personalities and roles of these gods or goddesses.

7. Why was Perseus famous? Does this make him a hero? 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 does the story of the Trojan War support the fact that many heroes have the same fatal flaw?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

There are two families discussed in this book who suffer greatly.

Part 1) Who are these two families? How did they become so unlucky? Were they deserving of this bad luck? Why or why not? Could this luck have been avoided? If so, how? If not, why not? Could anyone in these families have stopped the passing along of bad luck? If so, how? If not, why not?

Part 2) What do these stories say about those who act poorly and offend the gods? What do these stories also say about the gods themselves? In our own culture, do we believe that bad luck can be passed down through a family? Why or why not?

Part 3) Do you believe in luck? Why or why not? How did you come to have this belief? How does this belief influence your daily decisions and actions? Might your belief regarding luck ever change? If so, how? If not, why not?

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