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. Oedipus saved the city from _____________, a monster that asked riddles of travelers who passed by.

2. King Laius of Thebes was a descendant of ______________, married to a distant cousin called Jocasta.

3. Agamemnon had sacrificed whom to Artemis in order to set sail for Troy?

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

5. The society Aeneas founded would one day flourish into ___________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why might someone want a cornucopia?

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

3. How is Aeneas' story unique?

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

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

6. How is Aeneas like both Jason and Odysseus?

7. What is the moral message of this family's stories?

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

There are several pre-Trojan War heroes that are of great significance.

Part 1) Who are these heroes? Describe each of these heroes and summarize his stories. How did each of them become a hero? What commonalities existed between these heroes?

Part 2) What do these heroes reveal about pre-Trojan War Greece? Based on these stories, what can be learned about how these Greeks felt about heroes, the gods, and their own lives? Do these myths seem realistic? Do you think that the Greeks believed these adventures had actually occurred? Why or why not?

Part 3) Describe the Trojan War heroes. How were they different from the pre-Trojan War heroes? Why? What were heroes like in early America? What made someone a hero at that point in our history? Are the qualities the same today as then? Why or why not? Might the definition of a hero change over time? Why or why not?

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