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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Based on the findings of archaeologists, which centuries have a gap between them where no writings have been found?
(a) The eighth and fourth.
(b) The twelfth and ninth.
(c) The twelfth and seventh.
(d) The eighth and second.

3. In what way does Hermes's mother respond to Hermes' stealing activities?
(a) She laughs.
(b) She cries.
(c) She scolds him.
(d) She ignores him.

4. What instrument is Artemis known for using?
(a) Bow.
(b) Her feet.
(c) Her voice.
(d) Cannon.

5. In what way does the author describe how Earth's blessings manifest themselves in females?
(a) Courage.
(b) Warmth.
(c) Beauty.
(d) Tenderness.

6. What animal does Dionysus turn into while on board the ship?
(a) A bear.
(b) A tiger.
(c) A wolf.
(d) A lion.

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

8. What does Hermes use to enable him to fly as he disguises his theft?
(a) Clouds.
(b) Shoes.
(c) Leaves.
(d) Winds.

9. In The Hymn to the Earth, what does the poet refer to the Earth as?
(a) The guardian of civilization.
(b) The guardian of us all.
(c) The mother of civilization.
(d) The mother of us all.

10. Which one of the following is not a well known recurrent theme of Ancient Greek literature?
(a) Ignorance of the past.
(b) The uncertainty of life.
(c) Ignorance of the future.
(d) The inevitable nature of old age.

11. What type of leaves appear as the boat continues to sail while holding Dionysus?
(a) Vine and flower leaves.
(b) Vine leaves.
(c) Plant and flower leaves.
(d) Plant leaves.

12. What does the poet ask Ares for?
(a) Strength.
(b) Intelligence.
(c) Courage.
(d) Independence.

13. How many of the stolen animals does Hermes sacrifice in the caves?
(a) One.
(b) Three.
(c) Two.
(d) All of them.

14. How does the poet describe the cowardice he would like to "shake off" in The Hymn to Ares?
(a) Daunting.
(b) Unnecessary.
(c) Cruel.
(d) Irrational.

15. According to The Hymn to Pan, what animal makes up the lower half of Pan, who is known for nature and wild music?
(a) A lion.
(b) A zebra.
(c) A goat.
(d) A horse.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many songs are used to compose the Homeric Hymns?

2. What is the intent of the captain of the sailing boat?

3. What century did the Ancient Greeks begin to use the alphabetic script?

4. Who is the other major composer of early Greek poetry that is mentioned in the Introduction?

5. How does The Hymn to Ares end?

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