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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the length of the shortest hymn?
(a) Two paragraphs.
(b) Three paragraphs.
(c) Two lines.
(d) Three lines.

2. As mentioned in The Second Hymn to Hera, who offers the praises to her?
(a) Humans, animals, and nature.
(b) Animals and nature, but not humans.
(c) Humans and animals, but not nature.
(d) Humans and nature, but not animals.

3. What does the first hymn to Hera praise her for?
(a) Her eminence and mercifulness.
(b) Her eminence and glory.
(c) Her eminence, mercifulness, and glory.
(d) Her mercifulness and glory.

4. How does The Hymn to Dionysus begin?
(a) With a description of Dionysus.
(b) With a note from Homer.
(c) With a note from the translator.
(d) With a song about Dionysus.

5. Which one of the following epics was composed by Homer?
(a) Theogony.
(b) The Odyssey.
(c) Works and Days.
(d) Metamorpheses.

6. Which argument does the poet describe in The Hymn to Dionysus?
(a) The argument between the helmsman and the captain.
(b) The argument between Dionysus and the helmsman.
(c) The argument between Dionysus, the helmsman, and the captain.
(d) The argument between Dionysus and the captain.

7. What is Artemis's skill?
(a) Hunting.
(b) Speed.
(c) Singing.
(d) Fighting wars.

8. What type of nourishment of humanity does the Earth have according to the first hymn?
(a) Eternal.
(b) Temporary.
(c) Tested.
(d) Incomparable.

9. Along with his feats of strength, which one of the following is also discussed in The Hymn to Herakles?
(a) His intelligence.
(b) His rivalries.
(c) His wandering.
(d) His philosophy.

10. Who is judging Hermes for his crimes?
(a) Hera.
(b) Hestia.
(c) Apollo.
(d) Zeus.

11. As stated in The Second Hymn to Dionysus, who is the mother of Dionysus?
(a) Dione.
(b) Maia.
(c) Hera.
(d) Semele.

12. In the story, where is Dionysus raised?
(a) A secret island.
(b) A secret cave.
(c) A secret mountain.
(d) A secret fortress.

13. As described in The Hymn to Asclepios, what is Asclepios known for?
(a) War.
(b) Fire.
(c) Healing.
(d) Flight.

14. In the first Hymn to Hermes, who is described as Hermes's mother?
(a) Dione.
(b) Semele.
(c) Maia.
(d) Hera.

15. Who is the other major composer of early Greek poetry that is mentioned in the Introduction?
(a) Hesiod.
(b) Euripides.
(c) Antimachus.
(d) Thespis.

Short Answer Questions

1. How do historians think that the Homeric poems were composed?

2. What type of leaves appear as the boat continues to sail while holding Dionysus?

3. Which god did the Homeridae feature in their preludes?

4. What way does the poet describe the manifestation of Earth's blessings in children?

5. How is Herakles described in the hymn?

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