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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. Amymone was pursued by a ________ but saved by Poseidon.
2. What do these myths show?
3. When Odysseus blinded the Cyclops, he angered whom?
4. Aeneas visited the underworld briefly before sailing to a spot near the River __________ on the Italian coast.
5. Chiron was a wise and noble ______________ who looked after and trained heroes.
Short Essay Questions
1. How did the bad luck of the House of Atreus begin? Why did it continue?
2. What are four ways in which the House of Thebes was like the House of Atreus?
3. What are two important lessons taught in the Odyssey?
4. How is Aeneas tied to the great Roman Republic?
5. How are some of the stars explained in this section?
6. How is this bad luck tied to the future of the city of Thebes?
7. Compare one of these stories to a fairly tale or tall tale with which you are familiar.
8. How did visiting the underworld mark Aeneas as a special hero? What does this say about the Greek's view of the afterlife?
9. Why might someone want a cornucopia?
10. What story explains the creation of spiders? How does this explain the creation of spiders?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
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
Greek mythology serves several purposes.
Part 1) What are the various purposes of Greek mythology? Give an example of a myth that fits each of these purposes and explain how it serves this purpose. How do the reasons for the existence of Greek mythology compare to the reasons for other folk tales and myths from other parts of the world?
Part 2) Give an example of an American folk tale. How is this similar to Greek mythology? What is the purpose of this tale? What does it reveal about Americans? Is this tale still relevant for Americans today? Why or why not?
Part 3) Are myths and folk tales as important today as they were in the past? Why or why not? What does this reveal about many cultures around the world today, including their belief systems and understanding of the world?
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