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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Apollo give to Hermes towards the end of the first hymn?
(a) A pair of shoes.
(b) A bow.
(c) A wand.
(d) A horse.

2. 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.

3. According to The Hymn to Pan, what animal makes up the lower half of Pan, who is known for nature and wild music?
(a) A goat.
(b) A horse.
(c) A zebra.
(d) A lion.

4. How does Hermes's mother discover that he has been up to no good?
(a) His absence.
(b) His silence.
(c) His rudeness.
(d) His odd behavior.

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

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

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

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

9. As stated in The Second Hymn to Dionysus, who is the mother of Dionysus?
(a) Hera.
(b) Dione.
(c) Semele.
(d) Maia.

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

11. What does the first hymn to Hera praise her for?
(a) Her eminence, mercifulness, and glory.
(b) Her eminence and glory.
(c) Her eminence and mercifulness.
(d) Her mercifulness and glory.

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

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

14. As used by the Greeks to describe The Homeric Hymns, what does the word, charis, mean?
(a) Moving.
(b) Grace.
(c) Enlightened.
(d) Prophecy.

15. In the opinion of the author, how does Hera's power compare to the influence of her husband?
(a) It is less powerful in some ways, and more powerful in other ways.
(b) It is less powerful.
(c) It is more powerful.
(d) It is equal.

Short Answer Questions

1. Based on the myth, what does Hermes use the shell of the turtle to make?

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

3. What fruit do the leaves sprout as Dionysus remains on the sailing ship?

4. What instrument is Artemis known for using?

5. Based on the findings of archaeologists, which centuries have a gap between them where no writings have been found?

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