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. Erysichthon was punished for cutting down a tree that was sacred to what goddess?

2. Glaucus went to the witch Circe to ask for a love potion. How did Circe feel about the situation?

3. Zeus snatched Callisto to safety and put her in the stars, where she became the __________________ constellation.

4. Pelops then refused to honor his bribe and killed Myrtilus, who _____________.

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

2. How is Aeneas like both Jason and Odysseus?

3. How is Aeneas tied to the great Roman Republic?

4. Why might someone want a cornucopia?

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

10. How is Aeneas' story unique?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Trojan War lasted for many years.

Part 1) What was the cause of the Trojan War? What took place during the Trojan War? How were the Greeks and the Trojans affected by this war? How did the requirements of a hero also change because of this war?

Part 2) What ended the Trojan War? How were both the Greeks and Trojans affected by this event? What does this event say about the Greeks? What does it also say about the Trojans?

Part 3) Describe a war that has taken place since the United States has been a country. Why did it begin? What took place during this war? How long did it last? Why? How did it end? How did this war affect those involved? How are the effects of this war still seen today?

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

Several heroes faced long, arduous adventures.

Part 1) Describe two heroes who faced long, arduous adventures in the myths. What were their adventures? What led to these adventures? How did they deal with the challenges they had to face? What does this reveal about them? How did this make them heroes?

Part 2) How were these men changed by their adventures? How did these adventures change others who were involved in these adventures or were a part of the hero's life?

Part 3) What adventures and challenges have you faced in your life? How did you deal with these challenges and difficulties? What did these adventures and challenges reveal about you? In general, what do challenges reveal about humans?

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