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. Aeneas obeyed immediately, and the heartbroken Queen ______________.

2. Orithyia was carried away against her will by whom?

3. This son was worshiped afterward by the Greeks and the Romans as what?

4. The two sisters escaped, but Tereus pursued them. The gods turned them all into what?

5. Why was Dryope transformed into a tree?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is Aeneas' story unique?

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

4. How are some of the stars explained in this section?

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

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

7. How did Odysseus' adventures make him a hero?

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

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

10. How is Aeneas like both Jason and Odysseus?

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

By the 5th century BC, the Greeks were beginning to doubt the truth of the myths.

Part 1)Describe the Greeks myths up to this point. How might the Greeks have been affected by these myths? Why might the Greeks have begun to doubt the validity of the myths? What does this reveal about the Greeks of the 5th century BC?

Part 2) How did this doubt affect Greek mythology and the Greek gods? Who played a large role in spreading this doubt? Why did they want to spread doubt?

Part 3) How have modern religions be affected by feelings of doubt? How do modern religions deal with feelings of doubt among its believers, as well as outsiders? Would you consider these world religions to be myths, similar to Greek mythology? Why or why not?

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