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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. According to The Third Hymn to Dionysus, why is Dionysus raised in secrecy?
(a) To protect him from Hera.
(b) To prevent him from discovering his parents.
(c) To teach him various skills.
(d) To protect his identity.

2. As mentioned in The Second Hymn to Hera, who offers the praises to her?
(a) Animals and nature, but not humans.
(b) Humans and animals, but not nature.
(c) Humans, animals, and nature.
(d) Humans and nature, but not animals.

3. How is Herakles described in the hymn?
(a) A great mythic fighter.
(b) A great mythic figure.
(c) A great mythic hero.
(d) A great mythic warrior.

4. How many of the stolen animals does Hermes sacrifice in the caves?
(a) All of them.
(b) Three.
(c) One.
(d) Two.

5. In what way does the author describe how Earth's blessings manifest themselves in females?
(a) Warmth.
(b) Tenderness.
(c) Beauty.
(d) Courage.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the purpose of the first hymn to Artemis?

2. Which one of the following corresponds to an ancient tradition about Homer?

3. In the story, where is Dionysus raised?

4. What is the length of the longest hymn?

5. What was the syallabic script used by the Greeks in the late Bronze Age?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to the crew of the sailing ship that captured Dionysus?

2. Where are the sailors from in The Hymn to Pythian Apollo, and what disguise does Apollo use in approaching them?

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

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

5. How does Hermes invent the lyre?

6. What happens to Demeter's daughter and how does Demeter initially respond?

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

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

9. How does Demeter encounter King Celeus and Metanira?

10. What is the explanation of the seasons according to the myths?

(see the answer keys)

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