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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 king of the gods and ruler of Olympus.

2. Zeus and the other gods took over when Zeus dethroned ____________ and seized his power.

3. There are _______ different versions of the story of the creation of man.

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the moral message of this family's stories?

3. How is Aeneas tied to the great Roman Republic?

4. How does the story of the Trojan War support the fact that many heroes have the same fatal flaw?

5. How did visiting the underworld mark Aeneas as a special hero? What does this say about the Greek's view of the afterlife?

6. How did the bad luck of the House of Atreus begin? Why did it continue?

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

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

9. How are the depressing qualities of Norse mythology turned into a positive situation?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Tragedy was often a part of Greek mythology.

Part 1) Describe four myths that one would consider tragic. What led to tragedy in each of these myths? How does the tragedy found in each myth compare to the tragedy found in the others?

Part 2) What is the purpose of this tragedy? What does it reveal about the Greeks? What lessons can still be learned from this tragedy today? Do tragedies such as this exist in contemporary literature? Why or why not?

Part 3) Do you believe that tragic tales are necessary for a culture? Why or why not? Is there a focus on tragedy in American literature? Why or why not? What does this say about Americans and their view of tragedy and loss?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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