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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. Orithyia's two sons were heroes who accompanied ____________ on his voyage.
2. Odysseus' adventures were told in the _________ poem The Odyssey.
3. Procne became a ______________ that sang mournfully for her dead son whom she now regretted killing.
4. Cadmus married _____________, the daughter of Aphrodite and Ares.
5. Who composed the Odyssey?
Short Essay Questions
1. Summarize two stories found in this section. How do they explain the qualities of a hero?
2. Why were there many plays written about this family?
3. How is Aeneas tied to the great Roman Republic?
4. How did Odysseus' adventures make him a hero?
5. Why might someone want a cornucopia?
6. What are four ways in which the House of Thebes was like the House of Atreus?
7. Who are two members of this family who did not deserve the bad luck they received? Why?
8. 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?
9. How is this bad luck tied to the future of the city of Thebes?
10. What are the purpose of many of these stories?
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
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?
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