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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 Oedipus leave home and travel to Thebes?
2. Odysseus' adventures were told in the _________ poem The Odyssey.
3. Cadmus married _____________, the daughter of Aphrodite and Ares.
4. This story is very different from the other myths in the book for ____________ reasons.
5. King Laius heard a prophecy that his own son would kill him, so the baby was sent away to be left to die on a hillside. What did the servant do with the baby?
Short Essay Questions
1. How is this bad luck tied to the future of the city of Thebes?
2. How did the bad luck of the later generations reflect the bad luck of the earlier generations? What does this say about the tie between one generation and another?
3. What are the Danaids known for doing? Why might they have done this?
4. What are the purpose of many of these stories?
5. What are four ways in which the House of Thebes was like the House of Atreus?
6. What are two important lessons taught in the Odyssey?
7. Why might someone want a cornucopia?
8. How are some of the stars explained in this section?
9. How did Odysseus' adventures make him a hero?
10. Who are two members of this family who did not deserve the bad luck they received? Why?
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
Greek mythology serves several purposes.
Part 1) What are the various purposes of Greek mythology? Give an example of a myth that fits each of these purposes and explain how it serves this purpose. How do the reasons for the existence of Greek mythology compare to the reasons for other folk tales and myths from other parts of the world?
Part 2) Give an example of an American folk tale. How is this similar to Greek mythology? What is the purpose of this tale? What does it reveal about Americans? Is this tale still relevant for Americans today? Why or why not?
Part 3) Are myths and folk tales as important today as they were in the past? Why or why not? What does this reveal about many cultures around the world today, including their belief systems and understanding of the world?
Essay Topic 3
Norse mythology is studied in the last section of this book.
Part 1) Describe Norse mythology. Who are the main gods? What are the basic beliefs regarding the gods, life on earth, and the afterlife? What does Norse mythology reveal about those who believe in it?
Part 2) Why does the author choose to analyze Norse mythology after studying Greek mythology for the rest of the book? How similar is Norse mythology to Greek mythology? How are these two mythologies different? How can these mythologies be used to compare these two different cultures?
Part 3) How do these mythologies compare to other ancient religious beliefs? Why do similarities exist? What does this say about mankind and his understanding of the universe of which he is a part?
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