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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 type of leaves appear as the boat continues to sail while holding Dionysus?

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

3. What is the purpose of the first hymn to Artemis?

4. What instrument is Artemis known for using?

5. As described in The Hymn to Asclepios, what is Asclepios known for?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Hermes do with the cattle, and how do his mother and Apollo respond?

4. What does Hermes steal from Apollo and how does he do it?

5. How is Hermes born and raised?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Describe the possible theories about Homer's life and writings, including why it is believed that he was blind, how this is referred to in the hymns, and the way that his stories may have been recorded. Also, use the information in the Introduction from other historians and writers to provide examples.

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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