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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 equal.
(c) It is less powerful.
(d) It is more powerful.

2. According to The Second Hymn to Dionysus, who is the father of Dionysus?
(a) Poseidon.
(b) Apollo.
(c) Ares.
(d) Zeus.

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 zebra.
(c) A lion.
(d) A horse.

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

5. What does Dionysus turn the crew of the ship into?
(a) Frogs.
(b) Dolphins.
(c) Snakes.
(d) Penguins.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the syallabic script used by the Greeks in the late Bronze Age?

2. As stated in The Second Hymn to Dionysus, who is the mother of Dionysus?

3. Along with his feats of strength, which one of the following is also discussed in The Hymn to Herakles?

4. What does the first hymn to Hera praise her for?

5. In what way does the author describe how Earth's blessings manifest themselves in females?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to the crew of the sailing ship that captured Dionysus?

2. What does Hermes do with the cattle, and how do his mother and Apollo respond?

3. Based on the story in The Third Hymn to Dionysus, why is Dionysus hidden as a child?

4. How long ago was the collection of The Homeric Hymns formed, and how many songs were compiled?

5. What is Artemis's skill and how is it described?

6. What are the varying lengths of the hymns?

7. What happens during and after the "trial" of Hermes?

8. As explained in the Introduction, what is the purpose of The Homeric Hymns?

9. What is the argument between the helmsman and the captain that is described in The Hymn to Dionysus?

10. Why do some historians think that Homer did not actually write his poems?

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