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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. ______________ was the god of the sea and brother of Zeus.

2. Pygmalion fell in love with the statue of a woman that he had created. Venus took pity on his aching heart and turned the statue into a real, living woman. Pygmalion married her and named her ____________.

3. When Alcyone's husband Ceyx was killed in ______________, the pitying gods sent her a dream to tell her the truth about what had happened to him.

4. The Greeks finally won the war with __________.

5. Cupid became Psyche's husband, but she was instructed that she must never _______.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What do all of these stories reveal about the gods?

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

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

6. Choose another one of the love stories. How does this story show the kindness the gods are capable of feeling?

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

8. What ended when Atalanta was married? What does this reinforce in Greek culture?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

Murder frequently takes place in Greek mythology.

Part 1) Describe two stories in which a murder or murders take place. Why do these murders take place? How do these murders affect the other characters in the story? How might the murders affect those who hear this story?

Part 2) Is murder a popular theme of American folk tales? Why or why not? What does this reveal about the Greeks? What does this reveal about Americans? How does this theme of murder add to the drama and tragedy of Greek mythology?

Part 3) What do you believe is the most popular of themes in American tales? Use at least two stories to support this belief. Why is this a popular theme? What does this reveal about Americans?

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