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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. This bad luck began with Tantalus, who served up his own son at a banquet for the gods, perhaps to do what?
2. Later, Midas was given ___________ by Apollo for siding with Pan instead of Apollo in a music contest.
3. Why did visiting the underworld mark Aeneas as a very special hero?
4. What do these myths show?
5. When Odysseus blinded the Cyclops, he angered whom?
Short Essay Questions
1. What story explains the creation of spiders? How does this explain the creation of spiders?
2. How does the story of Procne, Philomela, and Tereus explain the origins of species?
3. How is Aeneas' story unique?
4. What is the moral message of this family's stories?
5. What are the purpose of many of these stories?
6. What are the purposes of myths, based on these stories?
7. Why might someone want a cornucopia?
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. Compare one of these stories to a fairly tale or tall tale with which you are familiar.
10. Of these two families, which deserved their bad luck the least? Why?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
There are two families discussed in this book who suffer greatly.
Part 1) Who are these two families? How did they become so unlucky? Were they deserving of this bad luck? Why or why not? Could this luck have been avoided? If so, how? If not, why not? Could anyone in these families have stopped the passing along of bad luck? If so, how? If not, why not?
Part 2) What do these stories say about those who act poorly and offend the gods? What do these stories also say about the gods themselves? In our own culture, do we believe that bad luck can be passed down through a family? Why or why not?
Part 3) Do you believe in luck? Why or why not? How did you come to have this belief? How does this belief influence your daily decisions and actions? Might your belief regarding luck ever change? If so, how? If not, why not?
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