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. What do the sailors, of the Argo, lay on the sand to rest prior to their leaving Hellas?

2. What crime did Paraibious's father commit so that all of his children would be punished?

3. Which part of the ox is sacrificed, prior the Agro leaving Hellas?

4. What wish does Phineus ask of the gods after he finishes the tale of the Argonauts journey?

5. What does the dragon, who guards the fleece, fail to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What song does Orpheus sing to stop Idmon and Idas from fighting?

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

3. Why do Idmon and Idas begin to fight prior to setting sail from Hellas?

4. Why is the ship the Argo so special?

5. What does Jason's mother say she wishes would happen before Jason leaves on his voyage?

6. What does Polyzo propose to the Leminan women about the Argonauts?

7. What is the history of Orpheus?

8. Why does Pelias devise a challenge for Jason?

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

10. Why is the land where Sthenelos's tomb resides called "Lyre"?

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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