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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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 civilization.
(c) The guardian of us all.
(d) The mother of civilization.

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

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

5. In the poet's opinion, how do Earth's blessings manifest themselves in males?
(a) Might.
(b) Fortitude.
(c) Ambition.
(d) Wisdom.

6. What fruit do the leaves sprout as Dionysus remains on the sailing ship?
(a) Oranges.
(b) Apples.
(c) Grapes.
(d) Strawberries.

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

8. What type of armor does Ares have, according to the poet?
(a) Silver.
(b) Bronze.
(c) Pewter.
(d) Gold.

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

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

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

12. Based on the findings of archaeologists, which centuries have a gap between them where no writings have been found?
(a) The twelfth and seventh.
(b) The twelfth and ninth.
(c) The eighth and second.
(d) The eighth and fourth.

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

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

15. What type of voice does the author ask Ares to help him restore?
(a) A chilling voice.
(b) A loud voice.
(c) A relentless voice.
(d) A shrill voice.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is judging Hermes for his crimes?

2. Which one of the following is not included in the description of Hermes provided in The Second Hymn to Hermes?

3. What does the poet ask Ares for?

4. What meter are the hymns composed in?

5. As described in The Hymn to Asclepios, what is Asclepios known for?

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