The Greek Way Test | Final 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. Hamilton compares Sophocles to ________________.

2. Sophocles' characters ________________________________.

3. The Greek gods and goddesses began with the writing of _____________________________.

4. Xenophon suggested that _____________________________________.

5. What did Sophocles feel about inner versus outer control?

Short Essay Questions

1. To many Greeks, prosperity and wealth are the cause of misery. What was the cause of misery to Aeschylus?

2. Sophocles and Aeschylus lived in different times in Athens. How did the Athens of Sophocles differ from the Athens of Aeschylus?

3. Why did the Peloponnesian War take place?

4. Why did Thucydides write a book on the war between Athens and Sparta?

5. What were Thucydides' views on power and wealth?

6. Who are the four great tragedy writers?

7. What are the four elements in every tragedy?

8. Where do the subjects of Greek tragedy come from?

9. What is a characteristic of the characters of Aeschylus?

10. Explain why the Theater of Dionysus was a religious experience for the audience.

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

Explain the elements of Greek comedy and how it compares to modern comedy. Would a modern audience understand the mockery and satire? Do you think that modern audiences are as politically and culturally aware as the ancient Greeks were?

Essay Topic 3

The reality of the mind affected Greek art and architecture. This reality was responsible for the way the Greeks viewed things and saw things. Comment on the statement and explain how. Why does the statement approach the Greek way of approaching a problem?

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