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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. Making it different than many of the other hymns, how does The Hymn to Ares begin?
(a) With a repetition of Ares's name.
(b) With no mention of Ares's name.
(c) With the reference to another god.
(d) With a description of another god.

2. What is Artemis's skill?
(a) Fighting wars.
(b) Singing.
(c) Hunting.
(d) Speed.

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

4. What century did the Ancient Greeks begin to use the alphabetic script?
(a) First.
(b) Second.
(c) Fifth.
(d) Eighth.

5. Which god did the Homeridae feature in their preludes?
(a) Neptune.
(b) Zeus.
(c) Apollo.
(d) Mercury.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In the first Hymn to Hermes, where is Hermes judged for his crimes?

3. How is the sailing ship that captures Dionysus described?

4. In a tribute, which Greek historian attributes the "Hymn to Apollo" to Homer?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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