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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What meter are the hymns composed in?
(a) Pentameter.
(b) Hexameter.
(c) Trimeter.
(d) Tetrameter.

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

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

4. What invocation to Dionysus ends the third hymn?
(a) Wild, noisy lion.
(b) Girl-crazy lion.
(c) Girl-crazy goat.
(d) Wild, noisy goat.

5. Which one of the following corresponds to an ancient tradition about Homer?
(a) He was blind.
(b) He spent most of his life alone.
(c) He did not live in Ancient Rome or Greece.
(d) He was the creator of the Greek alphabet.

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

7. At the conclusion of the first hymn, how is Hermes described?
(a) As neither a helper nor a cheater.
(b) As a cheater and a helper.
(c) As a helper, but not a cheater.
(d) As a cheater, but not a helper.

8. How is Artemis's dancing described in the hymn?
(a) Balanced.
(b) Graceful.
(c) Joyful.
(d) Consistent.

9. Which one of the following is not included in the description of Hermes provided in The Second Hymn to Hermes?
(a) Thief.
(b) Dispenser of favors.
(c) Giver of good things.
(d) Guide.

10. How do historians think that the Homeric poems were composed?
(a) By writing.
(b) Verbally.
(c) Both by writing and verbally.
(d) It is unclear.

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

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

13. How does the first Hymn to Dionysus conclude?
(a) With a question.
(b) With a prediction.
(c) With a song.
(d) With a praise.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which argument does the poet describe in The Hymn to Dionysus?

2. What does the poet ask Ares for?

3. How does the poet describe the laws of peace that he wishes to linger in at the end of The Hymn to Ares?

4. What is the length of the longest hymn?

5. In The Hymn to the Earth, what does the poet refer to the Earth as?

(see the answer keys)

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