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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. Pindar believed that the wealthy and powerful would _____________________________.

2. According to Pericles, _________________________.

3. The priests of ancient Egypt _____________________________.

4. Of all the Greek poets, Pindar is described as the _____________________________.

5. What was not a function of the chorus?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the major differences between Gilbert and Aristophanes?

2. Why is the poetry of Pindar described as musical?

3. What indication is there that the lives of the Greeks were different than the lives of the Egyptians?

4. How does Greek writing compare to English writing?

5. What was Herodotus' manner of presentation?

6. What was the role of the chorus in the comedies of Aristophanes?

7. Who is Herodotus?

8. What did Aristophanes and Gilbert have in common?

9. What is the Western view of art?

10. What was the Greek attitude toward writing?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It is said that if one wants to learn the ethics and values of a society, one should examine the work of the dramatists and writers of the time. Why? What is it that is reflected in the literature that can't be found anywhere else? Is this also true of the ancient Greeks?

Essay Topic 2

What is the significance of viewing things as part of a whole? How did this result in balance? How did this contribute to the greatness of the Greek society and thinkers?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the three great Greek tragedy writers, Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides. Each of these writers was from a different period and the state of the Athenian society was reflected in their writing and beliefs. How does this come through in their plays?

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