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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 does Apollo give to Hermes towards the end of the first hymn?

2. In the first Hymn to Hermes, where is Hermes judged for his crimes?

3. Which one of the following is not something that Hermes was known as?

4. Who jumps overboard after Dionysus's transformation?

5. According to the most recent study included in the Introduction, what period are the longer hymns from?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the Earth referred to in The Hymn to the Earth, and what is she praised for?

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

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

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

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

6. How does Hermes invent the lyre?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the main differences between major gods and minor gods by explaining the characteristics of each. Also, include descriptions of The Hymn to Asclepios and The Hymn to Pan as examples of the minor gods and what they represent to the poet and Greek myths.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Describe Hestia's presence and the importance of it as it relates to both the immortal and mortal. In addition, compare Hestia's involvement in Greek mythology with the other gods and goddesses, and explain why she is considered to hold so much power.

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