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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. As stated in the hymn, who does Ares lead?
(a) All loyal men.
(b) All just men.
(c) Most loyal men.
(d) Most just men.

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

4. Where does Herakles eventually live?
(a) Argos.
(b) Mount Olympus.
(c) Sparta.
(d) Athens.

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does the poet describe the laws of peace that he wishes to linger in at the end of The Hymn to Ares?
(a) Unpredictable.
(b) Content.
(c) Unfathomable.
(d) Safe.

11. What fifth-century poet is mentioned in the Introduction in reference to a description of the Homeridae?
(a) Telecleides.
(b) Pindar.
(c) Choerilus.
(d) Panyassis.

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

13. According to the most recent study included in the Introduction, what period are the longer hymns from?
(a) Classical.
(b) Hellenistic.
(c) Roman.
(d) Archaic.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How is Hermes's defense described in the first hymn?

3. How is Herakles described in the hymn?

4. According to The Hymn to Pan, what animal makes up the lower half of Pan, who is known for nature and wild music?

5. How is Artemis's skill described in the second hymn?

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