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 Argonauts sacrifice to cleanse Phineus?

2. Who is the father of Polyphemus?

3. From what goddess do the Amazon women descend from?

4. When the heroes are to arrive at Aietes palace, what does the narrator say they will do if Pelias does not give them the fleece?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. After Phineus finds out that the Harpes are gone forever, what does he wish for?

2. What must the Argonauts do to ensure that they make it through the Clashing Rocks?

3. What do the Argonauts do before they leave Phineus?

4. What is the history of Orpheus?

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

6. Why is the ship the Argo so special?

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

8. Why was Phineus being punished by Zeus?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What makes Jason and the Golden Fleece an epic poem? What characteristics are included in an epic poem? Which of the characteristics of epic poetry can you find?

Essay Topic 2

What do you learn about the importance of promises in the text? Choose three promises that are made. Describe why the promise is made, under what circumstances the promise is made, what happens regarding the promise, and the after effects that the promise has.

Essay Topic 3

Why did Apollonius of Rhodes find it necessary to give readers an in-depth description of the lineage of Greek mythology? Was this section necessary? Did it help you to understand the story?

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