The Argonautika: The Story of Jason and the Quest for the Golden Fleece Test | Mid-Book 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. Who gave the orders for the men to all pull the Argo into the channel?

2. Who starts to play the lyre and sing while two men fight before the Agro leaves on its journey?

3. Who dies as the result of a boar attack while leaving from Lykos's lands?

4. Where do the Mossynoikoi get their name from?

5. What is the name of the girl who keeps her flock by the marshes of Peneios?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Amykos require of all men who try to leave his lands?

2. Who does Tiphys credit with the safe passage of the Argo through the Crashing Rocks?

3. What do the Argonauts do to set a trap for the Harpies?

4. What punishment does Phineus receive for angering Zeus?

5. Why are the Argonauts chosen to sail with Jason?

6. Why have the women of Sintian killed the entire male population of the island?

7. What happens to Amykos during his boxing match with Polydeukes?

8. Why was Phineus being punished by Zeus?

9. What is the history of Orpheus?

10. What happens to make the Harpies go away and leave Phineus alone forever?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many of the men take heart in the prophecies and omens that they are shown. Chose one of the omens or prophecies and discuss the importance of it to the men. Why is the omen important? What is the message of the prophecy? What does it say about the men's trust in Fate? Does the prophecy or omen give the men courage?

Essay Topic 2

In what ways do you think Jason's quest for the Golden Fleece was more about Jason's evolving character than the request of a king? What does Jason learn about himself? About others? Why could this be considered the more important quest?

Essay Topic 3

One major theme of the story is that of a journey. While one main journey is undertaken, many different paths must be chosen along the way. Discuss the different journeys that are taken throughout the story.

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