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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. What was the syallabic script used by the Greeks in the late Bronze Age?
(a) Linear D.
(b) Linear A.
(c) Linear B.
(d) Linear C.

2. In summarizing The Hymn to the Earth, what does the poet suggest follows the manifestation of Earth's blessings?
(a) Health and fortune.
(b) Fortune and wealth.
(c) Health, fortune, and wealth.
(d) Health and wealth.

3. Which one of the following is not included in the description of Hermes provided in The Second Hymn to Hermes?
(a) Dispenser of favors.
(b) Guide.
(c) Giver of good things.
(d) Thief.

4. What does the first hymn to Hera praise her for?
(a) Her mercifulness and glory.
(b) Her eminence and glory.
(c) Her eminence and mercifulness.
(d) Her eminence, mercifulness, and glory.

5. Where does Herakles eventually live?
(a) Mount Olympus.
(b) Athens.
(c) Sparta.
(d) Argos.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Apollo give to Hermes towards the end of the first hymn?

2. What is the length of the shortest hymn?

3. What does Hermes use to enable him to fly as he disguises his theft?

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

5. How is Herakles described in the hymn?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. According to The Hymn to the Earth, how do the Earth's blessings manifest?

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

4. What are the varying lengths of the hymns?

5. What is different about the way The Hymn to Ares begins and what is Ares known for?

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

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

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

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

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

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