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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 Titan called Cronus fought his father and took his power. Fearing that his children would do the same when they grew up, what did he do to each newborn baby?

2. Earlier heroes were superhuman individuals who fought alone against monsters and strange creatures, while the Trojan heroes fought whom?

3. What was the fatal flaw of most Greek heroes?

4. Achilles could not stand the slight to his honor that Agamemnon brought about by ______________.

5. Perseus was famous for killing ___________, a Gorgon whose gaze could turn a man to stone.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why were the Greek gods worshiped? How does this reason compare to the reasons one might worship a god today?

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

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

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

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

10. Overall, what were the initial roles of the Greek and Roman gods? How might this have been beneficial for mankind?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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?

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