Mythology Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. Aeneas obeyed immediately, and the heartbroken Queen ______________.

2. Erysichthon was punished for cutting down a tree that was sacred to what goddess?

3. Glaucus went to the witch Circe to ask for a love potion. How did Circe feel about the situation?

4. Agamemnon had sacrificed whom to Artemis in order to set sail for Troy?

5. Chiron was a wise and noble ______________ who looked after and trained heroes.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the Odyssey considered an epic poem? Why was it so important to the Greeks?

2. How is Odysseus set apart from other heroes? What does this say about the Greeks at this time?

3. How is Aeneas like both Jason and Odysseus?

4. What are the purposes of myths, based on these stories?

5. How are some of the stars explained in this section?

6. Compare one of these stories to a fairly tale or tall tale with which you are familiar.

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

8. What are the purpose of many of these stories?

9. What are two important lessons taught in the Odyssey?

10. How is this bad luck tied to the future of the city of Thebes?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are two families discussed in this book who suffer greatly.

Part 1) Who are these two families? How did they become so unlucky? Were they deserving of this bad luck? Why or why not? Could this luck have been avoided? If so, how? If not, why not? Could anyone in these families have stopped the passing along of bad luck? If so, how? If not, why not?

Part 2) What do these stories say about those who act poorly and offend the gods? What do these stories also say about the gods themselves? In our own culture, do we believe that bad luck can be passed down through a family? Why or why not?

Part 3) Do you believe in luck? Why or why not? How did you come to have this belief? How does this belief influence your daily decisions and actions? Might your belief regarding luck ever change? If so, how? If not, why not?

Essay Topic 2

Greeks had a low opinion of women.

Part 1) Support the statement "Greeks had a low opinion of women" with information from this book. Why might the Greeks have had such a low opinion of women? How might this have affected the lives of women in ancient Greece?

Part 2) How do other world religions today view women? How does this view of women compare to that of the Greeks? What might be the reasons for any similarities and/or differences in this view of women?

Part 3) Has the view of women changed greatly over the centuries? If so, how? If not, why not? What can be done to continue to encourage equality between the sexes?

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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