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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 use to enable him to fly as he disguises his theft?
(a) Leaves.
(b) Clouds.
(c) Winds.
(d) Shoes.

2. What does the helmsman of the boat recognize?
(a) That the boat was sinking.
(b) The danger that the crew is in.
(c) The holiness of the prisoner.
(d) That the boat was going off course.

3. How do historians think that the Homeric poems were composed?
(a) By writing.
(b) Both by writing and verbally.
(c) Verbally.
(d) It is unclear.

4. Based on the findings of archaeologists, which centuries have a gap between them where no writings have been found?
(a) The twelfth and ninth.
(b) The eighth and second.
(c) The twelfth and seventh.
(d) The eighth and fourth.

5. How is Hermes's defense described in the first hymn?
(a) Illogical.
(b) Spirited.
(c) Lengthy.
(d) Flawed.

Short Answer Questions

1. What type of leaves appear as the boat continues to sail while holding Dionysus?

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

3. What is the Earth praised for in the first hymn?

4. What is the length of the longest hymn?

5. Which argument does the poet describe in The Hymn to Dionysus?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Hermes steal from Apollo and how does he do it?

3. How does Hermes invent the lyre?

4. What are the varying lengths of the hymns?

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

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

7. What is unique about the length of The Hymn to Hermes and what is Hermes known for?

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

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

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

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