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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 does not mention Artemis by name.
(d) The first hymn is not about Artemis.

2. Based on the information provided in The Second Hymn to Dionysus, who raises Dionysus?
(a) Amazons.
(b) Harpies.
(c) Sirens.
(d) Nymphs.

3. What happens to the helmsman in The Hymn to Dionysus?
(a) He is richly rewarded.
(b) He is released by Dionysus on an island.
(c) He is turned into a hawk.
(d) He swims to safety on a nearby island.

4. According to The Third Hymn to Dionysus, why is Dionysus raised in secrecy?
(a) To teach him various skills.
(b) To prevent him from discovering his parents.
(c) To protect him from Hera.
(d) To protect his identity.

5. What way does the poet describe the manifestation of Earth's blessings in children?
(a) Simplicity.
(b) Hopefulness.
(c) Innocence.
(d) Joy.

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

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

8. 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.

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

10. What is Artemis's skill?
(a) Fighting wars.
(b) Speed.
(c) Hunting.
(d) Singing.

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

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

13. What is the length of the shortest hymn?
(a) Three paragraphs.
(b) Three lines.
(c) Two paragraphs.
(d) Two lines.

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

15. 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 grant Apollo three wishes.
(d) He must apologize to Apollo.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the story, where is Dionysus raised?

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

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

4. Who is judging Hermes for his crimes?

5. Which one of the following is not a well known recurrent theme of Ancient Greek literature?

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