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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. How did the Greek gods act?

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

4. In one version of the story of the creation of man, the gods created different races of men based on _________.

5. The Roman poet ________ wrote a lot about the myths, but presented them as silly stories that held no inner meaning.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Describe Demeter and Dionysus. How were Demeter and Dionysus unique?

8. Why were women seen as lesser beings? How does Greek mythology support this belief regarding women?

9. Describe one of the Greek creation stories. How does this story compare to your own idea regarding the creation of the world?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

King Midas was rewarded by Bacchus.

Part 1) Describe the story of King Midas. Why was he rewarded? How did this reward affect him? What does this reveal about King Midas? What can be learned from this story?

Part 2) How does Midas' story compare to other myths? What theme or themes can be found in this story? How is each theme also popular in other Greek myths? How might each theme also be important to the ancient Greeks? Are these themes important today? Why or why not?

Part 3) What is a tale or myth that is told today in the U.S.? Describe this tale. What are the themes found in this tale? What is the moral of this tale? How does this tale compare to Greek mythology? What does this tale reveal about modern Americans?

Essay Topic 2

There are several pre-Trojan War heroes that are of great significance.

Part 1) Who are these heroes? Describe each of these heroes and summarize his stories. How did each of them become a hero? What commonalities existed between these heroes?

Part 2) What do these heroes reveal about pre-Trojan War Greece? Based on these stories, what can be learned about how these Greeks felt about heroes, the gods, and their own lives? Do these myths seem realistic? Do you think that the Greeks believed these adventures had actually occurred? Why or why not?

Part 3) Describe the Trojan War heroes. How were they different from the pre-Trojan War heroes? Why? What were heroes like in early America? What made someone a hero at that point in our history? Are the qualities the same today as then? Why or why not? Might the definition of a hero change over time? Why or why not?

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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