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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 was carried away against her will by whom?
2. Cadmus married _____________, the daughter of Aphrodite and Ares.
3. This bad luck began with Tantalus, who served up his own son at a banquet for the gods, perhaps to do what?
4. Pelops then refused to honor his bribe and killed Myrtilus, who _____________.
5. Glaucus went to the witch Circe to ask for a love potion. How did Circe feel about the situation?
Short Essay Questions
1. How is this bad luck tied to the future of the city of Thebes?
2. What story explains the creation of spiders? How does this explain the creation of spiders?
3. Summarize two stories found in this section. How do they explain the qualities of a hero?
4. How are some of the stars explained in this section?
5. How is Aeneas like both Jason and Odysseus?
6. How is Aeneas tied to the great Roman Republic?
7. What are the purposes of myths, based on these stories?
8. What are the purpose of many of these stories?
9. How is Odysseus set apart from other heroes? What does this say about the Greeks at this time?
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
Jason was the hero who set out to retrieve the Golden Fleece.
Part 1) Why did he set out to do this? What challenges did he face along the way? What led to these challenges? How did these challenges affect Jason? How did this adventure make him a hero in the eyes of the Greeks?
Part 2) How did Jason and his adventures compare to those of other heroes discussed in this book? Why did similarities exist? How do these similarities help one to determine the requirements of a Greek hero? Why did differences exist between Jason and other heroes? What does this also reveal about all Greek heroes?
Part 3) How do Jason and other Greek heroes compare to heroes, both real and fictional, in our own culture today? Do you see Jason and others as heroes? Why or why not? What is your definition of a hero? What is required to make someone a hero?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
There are several myths about the royal House of Athens.
Part 1) Summarize these stories. What do these stories say about this house? How are these stories similar to those of the House of Atreus and the House of Thebes? What does this reinforce about the gods and their relationships with humans?
Part 2) How are these myths both good and bad? How is this house different from the Houses of Atreus and Thebes? Might these differences be seen today? How might this still affect Athenians today? Explain.
Part 3) What is another city or country in the world today that believes it is special because of its religious connections? How does this affect how its citizens act towards others? Do you see this religious pride as something that is good or bad? Why?
This section contains 1,588 words
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