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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 a tribute, which Greek historian attributes the "Hymn to Apollo" to Homer?
(a) Xenophon.
(b) Ephorus.
(c) Aethlius.
(d) Thucydides.

2. How does the first Hymn to Dionysus conclude?
(a) With a question.
(b) With a song.
(c) With a praise.
(d) With a prediction.

3. What is the purpose of the first hymn to Artemis?
(a) To introduce the second one.
(b) To describe another god that Artemis emulated.
(c) To describe Artemis' shortcomings.
(d) To introduce Homer's knowledge of Artemis.

4. Which one of the following epics was composed by Homer?
(a) Metamorpheses.
(b) Theogony.
(c) Works and Days.
(d) The Odyssey.

5. In the story, where is Dionysus raised?
(a) A secret island.
(b) A secret cave.
(c) A secret mountain.
(d) A secret fortress.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to The Hymn to Pan, what animal makes up the lower half of Pan, who is known for nature and wild music?

2. What name is Herakles also known as?

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

4. Where does Herakles eventually live?

5. At the conclusion of the first hymn, how is Hermes described?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the poet explain Hera's power?

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

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

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

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

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

8. How does Dionysus free himself from the crew of the sailing boat?

9. What other name is Herakles known as, and how is he born?

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

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