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. Odysseus alone survived and washed up on the shore of the island of ______________, where a sea-nymph who kept him captive for years.

2. Callisto was loved by Zeus and hated by Hera. Hera turned her into a _________ and arranged for her son to kill it.

3. These two sisters had __________ nieces.

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

5. __________ was a beautiful nymph who was loved by a sea god called Glaucus.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why might someone want a cornucopia?

2. Why might Zeus have struck Aesculapius dead?

3. How are the lessons learned from these stories relevant today?

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

5. Why were there many plays written about this family?

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

7. What are four ways in which the House of Thebes was like the House of Atreus?

8. Who are two members of this family who did not deserve the bad luck they received? Why?

9. How is Midas rewarded by Bacchus? Is this what many people would choose? Why or why not?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Murder frequently takes place in Greek mythology.

Part 1) Describe two stories in which a murder or murders take place. Why do these murders take place? How do these murders affect the other characters in the story? How might the murders affect those who hear this story?

Part 2) Is murder a popular theme of American folk tales? Why or why not? What does this reveal about the Greeks? What does this reveal about Americans? How does this theme of murder add to the drama and tragedy of Greek mythology?

Part 3) What do you believe is the most popular of themes in American tales? Use at least two stories to support this belief. Why is this a popular theme? What does this reveal about Americans?

Essay Topic 2

Dionysus and Demeter had two of the most important cults.

Part 1) Describe each of these gods and their roles in Greek mythology. How did they help man explain the ways in which the world works? How did this make these two gods so important?

Part 2) Why did these gods suffer more in their mythology than other gods? What does this reveal about the Greeks and their beliefs about man and the gods? How is this suffering both good and bad?

Part 3) Do the world's major religions today have gods that suffer? If so, explain this suffering. If not, why not? What does this suffering, or lack thereof, reveal about these religious believers?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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