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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. Why did the Greeks create their myths, initially?

2. Theseus was honored by the Athenians as a protector of _____________ and a great king of their city.

3. How is the creation myth of the Greeks peculiar?

4. Atalanta was raised by ____________ and became a great huntress.

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. How did Medea help Jason? Why did she help him? Should she have helped him? Why or why not?

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

3. What are two ancient sources that can be used to study Greek mythology? How is each of these sources useful?

4. How were early royal Greek families able to claim lineage with the gods? How might they have benefited from this?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are several love stories that are a part of Greek mythology.

Part 1) Summarize two of these love stories. What is the purpose of each of these love stories? What do these stories say about love? How does this reflect the ancient Greek's view of love?

Part 2) How are love stories an important part of other cultures? How is love a universal part of life? How does it differ from one culture to the next? Why is it such an important part of the spectrum of human emotion?

Part 3) To you, what does it mean to love? How important is love to one's quality of life? Explain. How have you witnessed love in your own life? How has this affected you? How might it influence your behavior towards others?

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

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.

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