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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. Which city did Pindar live in?

2. Greek writing can easily ________________________________________.

3. The Greek architecture of the time was _________________________________.

4. Hamilton compares reading Aristophanes to reading a _________________.

5. The Greeks _________________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Greek writing compare to English writing?

2. How does Greek drama compare to Shakespearean drama?

3. Why does Hamilton feel that Greek writers have not been copied by writers of other countries as Greek sculptor and architecture has?

4. What is the main characteristic of Greek architecture of the time?

5. Why is Pindar considered to be important?

6. Why is the Greek artist called a spiritual materialist?

7. Why is it said that Pindar looked toward the past?

8. Who were the imponderables?

9. What did Aristophanes and Gilbert have in common?

10. Why was it surprising that the ancient Greeks were scientists?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many of the early Greek writers were concerned with the issues of power and wealth and war. Explain how power and wealth lead to war. What is it that a nation is fighting for and why? Apply this to the situation of Athens and Sparta.

Essay Topic 2

Freedom and liberty were the backbone of the ancient Athenian society. People prided themselves on their lifestyle and thinking. Explain what the role of freedom and liberty meant in ancient Athens. Would Athens have become the cradle of Western Civilization without these freedoms? Would they have achieved the great heights that they did achieve? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Why didn't the ancient Greeks see any contradictions in their practice of slavery and their emphasis on freedom? What were their views of slaves? When did they first become concerned with the issue of slavery?

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