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. Pelops married Princess Hippodamia after defeating her father in ____________ to win her hand.

2. Modern scholarship usually dates The Odyssey to around the ______ century BC.

3. What happened to Antigone when she ignored Creon's edict and buried her brother?

4. This bad luck began with Tantalus, who served up his own son at a banquet for the gods, perhaps to do what?

5. Midas was a king rewarded by ______________ with any gift he chose.

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 House of Atreus begin? Why did it continue?

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

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

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

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

7. How is Aeneas' story unique?

8. Of these two families, which deserved their bad luck the least? Why?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

King Midas was rewarded by Bacchus.

Part 1) Describe the story of King Midas. Why was he rewarded? How did this reward affect him? What does this reveal about King Midas? What can be learned from this story?

Part 2) How does Midas' story compare to other myths? What theme or themes can be found in this story? How is each theme also popular in other Greek myths? How might each theme also be important to the ancient Greeks? Are these themes important today? Why or why not?

Part 3) What is a tale or myth that is told today in the U.S.? Describe this tale. What are the themes found in this tale? What is the moral of this tale? How does this tale compare to Greek mythology? What does this tale reveal about modern Americans?

Essay Topic 2

According to the Greeks, in the beginning their was only chaos.

Part 1) Describe the main stories of creation and the birth of man, according to Greek mythology. How do these stories compare to each other? What might be the reasons for differences between these stories?

Part 2) How do these stories compare to the creation stories found in world religions today? What might be the reason for any similarities? Are you surprised by these similarities? Why or why not?

Part 3) What are your beliefs regarding the creation of the universe and the birth of man? From where do your beliefs come? How has your culture influenced your beliefs regarding creation? How important is one's culture to one's beliefs? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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