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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. At the conclusion of the first hymn, how is Hermes described?
(a) As a helper, but not a cheater.
(b) As a cheater and a helper.
(c) As neither a helper nor a cheater.
(d) As a cheater, but not a helper.

2. How does The Hymn to Dionysus begin?
(a) With a note from the translator.
(b) With a note from Homer.
(c) With a song about Dionysus.
(d) With a description of Dionysus.

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

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

5. What way does the poet describe the manifestation of Earth's blessings in children?
(a) Hopefulness.
(b) Joy.
(c) Innocence.
(d) Simplicity.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What is Artemis's skill?

4. According to The Hymn to Pan, what animal makes up the lower half of Pan, who is known for nature and wild music?

5. How does the poet describe the laws of peace that he wishes to linger in at the end of The Hymn to Ares?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is Aphrodite attracted to and what is her plan?

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

4. How is the birth of Aphrodite explained in The Second Hymn to Aphrodite?

5. What is the reason given in The Hymn to Aphrodite for Aphrodite's attraction to mortal men?

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

7. What does the poet pray for at the end of The Hymn to Poseidon?

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

9. What happens during and after the "trial" of Hermes?

10. Which lesson does The Hymn to Hephaistos illustrate?

(see the answer keys)

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