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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. In a tribute, which Greek historian attributes the "Hymn to Apollo" to Homer?

2. Who is the other major composer of early Greek poetry that is mentioned in the Introduction?

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

4. How does The Hymn to Ares end?

5. What way does the poet describe the manifestation of Earth's blessings in children?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. How does the poet explain Hera's power?

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

9. Who assists the poet in The Hymn to the Mother of the Gods, and what does it refer to?

10. What are the varying lengths of the hymns?

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the entire saga of Demeter and her search for Persephone. Include an analysis of how Zeus becomes involved, the story of Demeter, King Celeus, and Metanira, the reunion between Demeter and Persephone, and how it leads to the changing of the seasons. Also, describe how Greek mythology was designed to explain the origins for things and which hymns illustrate that intent the most.

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