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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Agamemnon had sacrificed whom to Artemis in order to set sail for Troy?
2. Amalthea was a _________ whose milk fed Zeus.
3. Oedipus saved the city from _____________, a monster that asked riddles of travelers who passed by.
4. Why did Oedipus leave home and travel to Thebes?
5. What happened to Antigone when she ignored Creon's edict and buried her brother?
Essay Topic 1
The Greek gods were based on the perfect man.
Part 1) What did the Greeks consider a perfect man? Why might they have thought this? How did the gods reflect this attitude regarding man? How did this, in turn affect man?
Part 2) Choose two Greek gods or goddesses. What human qualities do they have? How do these gods or goddesses affect humans? How might one relate to these gods or goddesses?
Part 3) What are two world religions of today? Describe their god or gods. How do these gods compare to the Greek gods? What might this reveal about the people who worship this god or these gods today?
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
Tragedy was often a part of Greek mythology.
Part 1) Describe four myths that one would consider tragic. What led to tragedy in each of these myths? How does the tragedy found in each myth compare to the tragedy found in the others?
Part 2) What is the purpose of this tragedy? What does it reveal about the Greeks? What lessons can still be learned from this tragedy today? Do tragedies such as this exist in contemporary literature? Why or why not?
Part 3) Do you believe that tragic tales are necessary for a culture? Why or why not? Is there a focus on tragedy in American literature? Why or why not? What does this say about Americans and their view of tragedy and loss?
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