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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. What century did the Ancient Greeks begin to use the alphabetic script?

2. What does the poet pray for at the end of The Hymn to Herakles?

3. How is Artemis's skill described in the second hymn?

4. Which one of the following is not included in the description of Hermes provided in The Second Hymn to Hermes?

5. Which argument does the poet describe in The Hymn to Dionysus?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Where is Dionysus captured in The Hymn to Dionysus?

4. How are Persephone and Demeter reunited and what are the conditions of Persephone's return?

5. What is the difficulty that Leto has in giving birth to Apollo?

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

7. What are the varying lengths of the hymns?

8. What are the circumstances surrounding Pan's birth and how is he described in The Hymn to Pan?

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

10. How is The Hymn to Zeus written and how is Zeus defined in it?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Compare and contrast the description of Hera in The Hymn to Hera with her involvement in various hymns throughout the collection. Include examples and your analysis of why the poet chose to only portray her positive qualities in The Hymn to Hera.

Essay Topic 3

Using The Hymn to Hermes as an example, analyze the human element of Greek mythology and why it was necessary in order for people to relate to the stories of the gods. Include an explanation of what happens between Apollo and Hermes after the judgment, the significance or symbolism of the lyre and music, and what Hermes's wand represents.

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