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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 does the poet describe the laws of peace that he wishes to linger in at the end of The Hymn to Ares?
(a) Unpredictable.
(b) Content.
(c) Safe.
(d) Unfathomable.

2. Who is Hera's husband?
(a) Apollo.
(b) Neptune.
(c) Mercury.
(d) Zeus.

3. According to the most recent study included in the Introduction, what period are the longer hymns from?
(a) Hellenistic.
(b) Archaic.
(c) Roman.
(d) Classical.

4. What does Apollo give to Hermes towards the end of the first hymn?
(a) A wand.
(b) A pair of shoes.
(c) A horse.
(d) A bow.

5. In The Hymn to the Earth, what does the poet refer to the Earth as?
(a) The mother of civilization.
(b) The mother of us all.
(c) The guardian of civilization.
(d) The guardian of us all.

Short Answer Questions

1. How is Herakles described in the hymn?

2. According to The Third Hymn to Dionysus, why is Dionysus raised in secrecy?

3. According to the evidence presented in the Introduction, what are some of the hymns most likely a prelude for?

4. Making it different than many of the other hymns, how does The Hymn to Ares begin?

5. Based on the findings of archaeologists, which centuries have a gap between them where no writings have been found?

Short Essay Questions

1. Based on the story in The Third Hymn to Dionysus, why is Dionysus hidden as a child?

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

3. Where is Dionysus captured in The Hymn to Dionysus?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does Hermes invent the lyre?

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