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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who is believed to be Herakles's father?

3. As used by the Greeks to describe The Homeric Hymns, what does the word, charis, mean?

4. How is Herakles described in the hymn?

5. What way does the poet describe the manifestation of Earth's blessings in children?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Demeter encounter King Celeus and Metanira?

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

3. What is Aphrodite known for, and which three goddesses cannot be influenced by her?

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

5. What powers are described in The Hymn to Poseidon?

6. How is Athena's birth described in The Hymn to Athena?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Aphrodite's attraction to mortal men is discussed in detail in The Hymn to Aphrodite.

1) Describe the birth of Aphrodite from The Second Hymn to Aphrodite and how she was received by the gods initially.

2) Explain why and how Aphrodite is attracted to mortal men and Zeus's involvement.

3) Analyze the plan that Aphrodite invents to become closer to Anchises and how he responds.

4) Explain the origin of Aeneas, what his childhood will be like, and who he eventually grows to become.

Essay Topic 2

The Hymn to Hermes is the longest hymn of the collection.

1) Describe Hermes's birth, childhood, and characteristics.

2) Explain how Hermes invents the lyre.

3) Describe the theft of Apollo's cattle and the response of Maia, Apollo, and Zeus to Hermes's crime.

Essay Topic 3

Describe The Hymn to Hephaistos, the characteristics of Hephaistos, how he uses his intellect, the ways that he helps men with their work, and the lessons that can be learned from his story.

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