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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) Forty three.
(c) Thirty three.
(d) Twenty three.

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

3. What is the Earth praised for in the first hymn?
(a) Her sacredness.
(b) Her commitment.
(c) Her loyalty.
(d) Her strength.

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. In a tribute, which Greek historian attributes the "Hymn to Apollo" to Homer?
(a) Aethlius.
(b) Xenophon.
(c) Ephorus.
(d) Thucydides.

11. 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.

12. What does the helmsman of the boat recognize?
(a) That the boat was sinking.
(b) The holiness of the prisoner.
(c) The danger that the crew is in.
(d) That the boat was going off course.

13. In the story, where is Dionysus raised?
(a) A secret cave.
(b) A secret island.
(c) A secret mountain.
(d) A secret fortress.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In the first Hymn to Hermes, who is described as Hermes's mother?

2. What fifth-century poet is mentioned in the Introduction in reference to a description of the Homeridae?

3. How is Artemis's dancing described in the hymn?

4. How is the sailing ship that captures Dionysus described?

5. How is Herakles described in the hymn?

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