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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 is the length of the shortest hymn?

2. What instrument is Artemis known for using?

3. Along with his feats of strength, which one of the following is also discussed in The Hymn to Herakles?

4. In The Hymn to the Earth, what does the poet refer to the Earth as?

5. What fruit do the leaves sprout as Dionysus remains on the sailing ship?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Hermes invent the lyre?

2. What is unique about the length of The Hymn to Hermes and what is Hermes known for?

3. As explained in the Introduction, what is the purpose of The Homeric Hymns?

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

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

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

7. What is Herakles known for and what prayer does the poet make at the conclusion of The Hymn to Herakles?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare Zeus and Poseidon in terms of characteristics, skills, reputation, and influence. Also, explain some of the possible reasons why the hymns for both Zeus and Poseidon might have been so short. Use The Hymn to Zeus and The Hymn to Poseidon as a reference to support your analysis.

Essay Topic 2

Dionysus is given three hymns in The Homeric Hymns.

1) Describe Dionysus's birth and how he is different than some of the other gods.

2) Explain the events surrounding his capture and how he frees himself.

3) Describe the fate of the crew after Dionysus is free.

4) Using Dionysus's story as an example, analyze the idea of transformation vs. destruction as it is included in Greek mythology.

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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