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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. How many of the stolen animals does Hermes sacrifice in the caves?
(a) All of them.
(b) Three.
(c) Two.
(d) One.

2. 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.

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

4. As described in The Hymn to Asclepios, what is Asclepios known for?
(a) Flight.
(b) War.
(c) Fire.
(d) Healing.

5. What fifth-century poet is mentioned in the Introduction in reference to a description of the Homeridae?
(a) Telecleides.
(b) Panyassis.
(c) Choerilus.
(d) Pindar.

Short Answer Questions

1. How is Hermes's defense described in the first hymn?

2. How does The Hymn to Dionysus begin?

3. Which one of the following is not something that Hermes was known as?

4. What is the voice that the author refers to in The Hymn to Ares provoking him to do?

5. What is the intent of the captain of the sailing boat?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Asclepios described in The Hymn to Asclepios?

2. What interesting request does the poet have for Ares?

3. How is Hermes born and raised?

4. How is the Earth referred to in The Hymn to the Earth, and what is she praised for?

5. How does Hermes invent the lyre?

6. What are the circumstances surrounding Pan's birth and how is he described in The Hymn to Pan?

7. What leads historians to believe that Homer either wrote or was influential in the writing of the hymns?

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

9. What is Herakles known for and what prayer does the poet make at the conclusion of The Hymn to Herakles?

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

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