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

2. What items do the men, while preparing to ready the Argo, lay out on a rock?

3. What kind of trees grow at Zone on the Thracian shore?

4. Who tells the Argonauts of his fears regarding the journey after successfully traversing the Clashing Rocks?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Jason tell his mother not to grieve?

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

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

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

6. Why was Phineus being punished by Zeus?

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

8. What does Hypsipyle do to save her father from being murdered by the Leminan women?

9. Why is Phineus happy to see the Argonauts?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many stories are created so that a reader will come away from the story having learned something such as a moral or a lesson. What is the moral or lesson of "Jason and the Golden Fleece"?

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

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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