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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is the father of Hermes, according to the first Hymn?
(a) Zeus.
(b) Poseidon.
(c) Apollo.
(d) Ares.

2. What does the poet pray for at the end of The Hymn to Herakles?
(a) Excellence and fortune.
(b) Excellence, fortune, and wealth.
(c) Excellence and wealth.
(d) Fortune and wealth.

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

4. How does Hermes's mother discover that he has been up to no good?
(a) His silence.
(b) His absence.
(c) His odd behavior.
(d) His rudeness.

5. What type of armor does Ares have, according to the poet?
(a) Pewter.
(b) Bronze.
(c) Gold.
(d) Silver.

6. What is the judgment that Hermes receives?
(a) He can keep the stolen animals.
(b) He must return the stolen animals to Apollo.
(c) He must apologize to Apollo.
(d) He must grant Apollo three wishes.

7. In the first Hymn to Hermes, where is Hermes judged for his crimes?
(a) Mount Olympus.
(b) Mount Athos.
(c) Delphi.
(d) Sparta.

8. What talent of Apollo is described in the first Hymn to Hermes?
(a) Magic.
(b) Music.
(c) Writing.
(d) Archery.

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

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

11. What is the length of the longest hymn?
(a) Two hundred and eighty lines.
(b) Five hundred and eighty lines.
(c) Twenty eight lines.
(d) Fifty eight lines.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. At the conclusion of the first hymn, how is Hermes described?

2. In a tribute, which Greek historian attributes the "Hymn to Apollo" to Homer?

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

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

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

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