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

2. Oedipus saved the city from _____________, a monster that asked riddles of travelers who passed by.

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

4. What form did Tereus take?

5. This king had been told in a prophecy that his daughter Lavinia was destined to marry __________, and he believed this referred to Aeneas.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Why might someone want a cornucopia?

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

Mythology has been an important part of human cultures around the world.

Part 1) Support this statement with information from this text, as well as information you have learned from other sources. Why is mythology so important to humans? What does it provide mankind?

Part 2) Why have certain mythologies, such as Greek mythology, been so important for other cultures besides their own? How has Greek mythology and Greek culture influenced other areas of the world? How are the cultures of others seen in the way people live in the United States, and even in the way our country operates?

Part 3) Does modern mythology exist? If so, what is it? If not, why not? What information and beliefs from today will be passed on to future generations? How might our beliefs and ideas influence those living in the future? Use the text to support your response.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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