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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the voice that the author refers to in The Hymn to Ares provoking him to do?
(a) Write another poem.
(b) Retreat from battle.
(c) Enter battle.
(d) Write another song.

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

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

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

5. How is Hermes's defense described in the first hymn?
(a) Spirited.
(b) Flawed.
(c) Illogical.
(d) Lengthy.

6. Which god did the Homeridae feature in their preludes?
(a) Mercury.
(b) Neptune.
(c) Apollo.
(d) Zeus.

7. What is the purpose of the first hymn to Artemis?
(a) To describe another god that Artemis emulated.
(b) To introduce the second one.
(c) To describe Artemis' shortcomings.
(d) To introduce Homer's knowledge of Artemis.

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

9. As mentioned in The Second Hymn to Hera, who offers the praises to her?
(a) Humans and nature, but not animals.
(b) Animals and nature, but not humans.
(c) Humans, animals, and nature.
(d) Humans and animals, but not nature.

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

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

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

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

14. Which argument does the poet describe in The Hymn to Dionysus?
(a) The argument between Dionysus and the helmsman.
(b) The argument between Dionysus and the captain.
(c) The argument between the helmsman and the captain.
(d) The argument between Dionysus, the helmsman, and the captain.

15. Who is the other major composer of early Greek poetry that is mentioned in the Introduction?
(a) Hesiod.
(b) Euripides.
(c) Antimachus.
(d) Thespis.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Making it different than many of the other hymns, how does The Hymn to Ares begin?

3. What type of armor does Ares have, according to the poet?

4. What way does the poet describe the manifestation of Earth's blessings in children?

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

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