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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 is the purpose of the first hymn to Artemis?
(a) To introduce Homer's knowledge of Artemis.
(b) To describe Artemis' shortcomings.
(c) To introduce the second one.
(d) To describe another god that Artemis emulated.

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

3. As described in The Hymn to Asclepios, what is Asclepios known for?
(a) War.
(b) Flight.
(c) Fire.
(d) Healing.

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

5. What type of nourishment of humanity does the Earth have according to the first hymn?
(a) Tested.
(b) Eternal.
(c) Incomparable.
(d) Temporary.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the helmsman of the boat recognize?

2. What is the intent of the captain of the sailing boat?

3. According to the hymn, where does Artemis dance?

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

5. In the story, where is Dionysus raised?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What are the varying lengths of the hymns?

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

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

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

10. How is Hermes born and raised?

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