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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. __________ was a beautiful nymph who was loved by a sea god called Glaucus.

2. This chapter gives brief summaries of _______________ more myths.

3. Procne became a ______________ that sang mournfully for her dead son whom she now regretted killing.

4. The House of Thebes was in many ways as unlucky as the House of Atreus, but their troubles seemed ________.

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why might Zeus have struck Aesculapius dead?

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

3. What are the Danaids known for doing? Why might they have done this?

4. What are two important lessons taught in the Odyssey?

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

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

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

8. How is this bad luck tied to the future of the city of Thebes?

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

10. How did Odysseus' adventures make him a hero?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Dionysus and Demeter had two of the most important cults.

Part 1) Describe each of these gods and their roles in Greek mythology. How did they help man explain the ways in which the world works? How did this make these two gods so important?

Part 2) Why did these gods suffer more in their mythology than other gods? What does this reveal about the Greeks and their beliefs about man and the gods? How is this suffering both good and bad?

Part 3) Do the world's major religions today have gods that suffer? If so, explain this suffering. If not, why not? What does this suffering, or lack thereof, reveal about these religious believers?

Essay Topic 2

Norse mythology is studied in the last section of this book.

Part 1) Describe Norse mythology. Who are the main gods? What are the basic beliefs regarding the gods, life on earth, and the afterlife? What does Norse mythology reveal about those who believe in it?

Part 2) Why does the author choose to analyze Norse mythology after studying Greek mythology for the rest of the book? How similar is Norse mythology to Greek mythology? How are these two mythologies different? How can these mythologies be used to compare these two different cultures?

Part 3) How do these mythologies compare to other ancient religious beliefs? Why do similarities exist? What does this say about mankind and his understanding of the universe of which he is a part?

Essay Topic 3

There are several love stories that are a part of Greek mythology.

Part 1) Summarize two of these love stories. What is the purpose of each of these love stories? What do these stories say about love? How does this reflect the ancient Greek's view of love?

Part 2) How are love stories an important part of other cultures? How is love a universal part of life? How does it differ from one culture to the next? Why is it such an important part of the spectrum of human emotion?

Part 3) To you, what does it mean to love? How important is love to one's quality of life? Explain. How have you witnessed love in your own life? How has this affected you? How might it influence your behavior towards others?

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