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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. Who is judging Hermes for his crimes?

2. What does Hermes use to enable him to fly as he disguises his theft?

3. How do historians think that the Homeric poems were composed?

4. What does the helmsman of the boat recognize?

5. What fifth-century poet is mentioned in the Introduction in reference to a description of the Homeridae?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Artemis's beauty portrayed in The Second Hymn to Artemis.

2. What is one of the theories for why some of the hymns are so short?

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

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

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

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

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

8. What is Artemis's skill and how is it described?

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

10. How is Asclepios described in The Hymn to Asclepios?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Nature is a major element that is explored in Greek mythology.

1) Explain The Hymn to the Earth and the ways that Earth's blessings are manifested, using the hymn to provide examples of the Earth's characteristics and qualities, as well as what the poet gives her credit for and why.

2) Analyze the metaphors that are used in The Hymn to the Sun and The Hymn to the Moon along with the different powers that both the sun and moon possess.

3) Explain the origin of Castor and Pollux and what their existence means to the Greeks and nature.

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

The compilation of The Homeric Hymns is discussed in the Introduction.

1) Define the term "Homeric" and why it is applied to the hymns that are featured in this collection.

2) Explain the hexameter form that Homer was known to use and how it is present in the hymns.

3) Analyze the different purposes of the hymns as they are presented in the Introduction.

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