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

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

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

4. Who is the father of Hermes, according to the first Hymn?
(a) Ares.
(b) Poseidon.
(c) Zeus.
(d) Apollo.

5. 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) Write another song.
(d) Enter battle.

Short Answer Questions

1. Based on the information provided in The Second Hymn to Dionysus, who raises Dionysus?

2. What talent of Apollo is described in the first Hymn to Hermes?

3. What is the difference between the first and second hymns to Artemis?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the birth and childhood of Dionysus described in The Second Hymn to Dionysus?

2. What is one of the theories for why some of the hymns are so short?

3. What is the explanation of the seasons according to the myths?

4. What does the poet pray for at the end of The Hymn to Poseidon?

5. Which lesson does The Hymn to Hephaistos illustrate?

6. What is the reason given in The Hymn to Aphrodite for Aphrodite's attraction to mortal men?

7. What beast does Apollo battle, why, and what is the result?

8. Where is Dionysus captured in The Hymn to Dionysus?

9. What is the difficulty that Leto has in giving birth to Apollo?

10. How is the birth of Aphrodite explained in The Second Hymn to Aphrodite?

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