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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In summarizing The Hymn to the Earth, what does the poet suggest follows the manifestation of Earth's blessings?
(a) Health, fortune, and wealth.
(b) Fortune and wealth.
(c) Health and wealth.
(d) Health and fortune.

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

3. Making it different than many of the other hymns, how does The Hymn to Ares begin?
(a) With no mention of Ares's name.
(b) With the reference to another god.
(c) With a description of another god.
(d) With a repetition of Ares's name.

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

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

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

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

8. Who is Hera's husband?
(a) Zeus.
(b) Apollo.
(c) Neptune.
(d) Mercury.

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

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

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

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

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

14. What type of leaves appear as the boat continues to sail while holding Dionysus?
(a) Plant and flower leaves.
(b) Vine and flower leaves.
(c) Plant leaves.
(d) Vine leaves.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. As used by the Greeks to describe The Homeric Hymns, what does the word, charis, mean?

2. According to The Second Hymn to Dionysus, who is the father of Dionysus?

3. Who is believed to be Herakles's father?

4. What meter are the hymns composed in?

5. How does The Hymn to Ares end?

(see the answer keys)

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