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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How many songs are used to compose the Homeric Hymns?
(a) Fifty three.
(b) Twenty three.
(c) Forty three.
(d) Thirty three.

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

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

4. How is Herakles described in the hymn?
(a) A great mythic figure.
(b) A great mythic warrior.
(c) A great mythic hero.
(d) A great mythic fighter.

5. According to the evidence presented in the Introduction, what are some of the hymns most likely a prelude for?
(a) A longer poem.
(b) Another book by a different author.
(c) Another book by Homer.
(d) A shorter poem.

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

7. What name is Herakles also known as?
(a) Hercules.
(b) Hippomedon.
(c) Hylas.
(d) Helios.

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

9. How does The Hymn to Ares end?
(a) With a song.
(b) With a prayer.
(c) With a prediction.
(d) With a riddle.

10. Who jumps overboard after Dionysus's transformation?
(a) The entire crew.
(b) The entire crew except for the captain.
(c) No one.
(d) The entire crew except for the helmsman.

11. What is the difference between the first and second hymns to Artemis?
(a) The first hymn is longer.
(b) The first hymn is shorter.
(c) The first hymn is not about Artemis.
(d) The first hymn does not mention Artemis by name.

12. Based on the myth, what does Hermes use the shell of the turtle to make?
(a) A lyre.
(b) A hat.
(c) A bowl.
(d) A shield.

13. How is Artemis's skill described in the second hymn?
(a) Neither powerful nor remorseless.
(b) Powerful and remorseless.
(c) Remorseless, but not powerful.
(d) Powerful, but not remorseless.

14. What was the syallabic script used by the Greeks in the late Bronze Age?
(a) Linear D.
(b) Linear C.
(c) Linear B.
(d) Linear A.

15. In the poet's opinion, how do Earth's blessings manifest themselves in males?
(a) Fortitude.
(b) Wisdom.
(c) Ambition.
(d) Might.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the judgment that Hermes receives?

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

3. As described in The Hymn to Asclepios, what is Asclepios known for?

4. What does the first hymn to Hera praise her for?

5. How many of the stolen animals does Hermes sacrifice in the caves?

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