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. The story of Agamemnon shows how terrible acts could cause what?

2. Why did visiting the underworld mark Aeneas as a very special hero?

3. King Laius of Thebes was a descendant of ______________, married to a distant cousin called Jocasta.

4. These two sisters had __________ nieces.

5. When Aeneas and his group arrived in Italy, they were greeted warmly by __________, the local king.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why might Zeus have struck Aesculapius dead?

5. How does the story of Procne, Philomela, and Tereus explain the origins of species?

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

7. What story explains the creation of spiders? How does this explain the creation of spiders?

8. What are the Danaids known for doing? Why might they have done this?

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

10. How is Midas rewarded by Bacchus? Is this what many people would choose? 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

The author states that Greek mythology should not be seen as a Bible of religious belief.

Part 1) What is meant by this statement? How should Greek mythology be viewed? Why should it not be understood as a Bible of religious belief? How might this affect one's belief in the Greek gods? How does this affect the power of these gods?

Part 2) How did this give freedom to various Greek writers and thinkers throughout history? How did these writers and thinkers influence Greek mythology? Why did they influence it in this way?

Part 3) Would a religion such as what is known as Greek mythology flourish today? Why or why not? What is necessary for a religion to be successful today? How does this reflect mankind today? What does it also reveal about the ancient Greeks?

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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