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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 does Hermes steal from Apollo?
(a) A group of horses.
(b) A group of oxen.
(c) A herd of cattle.
(d) A herd of sheep.

2. In the opinion of the author, how does Hera's power compare to the influence of her husband?
(a) It is more powerful.
(b) It is less powerful in some ways, and more powerful in other ways.
(c) It is equal.
(d) It is less powerful.

3. At the conclusion of the first hymn, how is Hermes described?
(a) As a cheater and a helper.
(b) As a helper, but not a cheater.
(c) As a cheater, but not a helper.
(d) As neither a helper nor a cheater.

4. Which one of the following corresponds to an ancient tradition about Homer?
(a) He was the creator of the Greek alphabet.
(b) He did not live in Ancient Rome or Greece.
(c) He was blind.
(d) He spent most of his life alone.

5. Which argument does the poet describe in The Hymn to Dionysus?
(a) The argument between the helmsman and the captain.
(b) The argument between Dionysus, the helmsman, and the captain.
(c) The argument between Dionysus and the captain.
(d) The argument between Dionysus and the helmsman.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens to the helmsman in The Hymn to Dionysus?

2. What way does the poet describe the manifestation of Earth's blessings in children?

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

4. What animal does Dionysus turn into while on board the ship?

5. In The Hymn to the Earth, what does the poet refer to the Earth as?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Who assists the poet in The Hymn to the Mother of the Gods, and what does it refer to?

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

5. What are the varying lengths of the hymns?

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

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

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

9. How is Hermes born and raised?

10. How is Artemis's beauty portrayed in The Second Hymn to Artemis.

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