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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 Delian Apollo and The Hymn to Pythian Apollo are the final two hymns in The Homeric Hymns.

1) Explain the difficult circumstances surrounding Apollo's birth, why his mother had so much trouble, and the way that the island of Delios is rewarded.

2) Describe Apollo's search for the place to build his temple and Oracle, including his use of disguises and manipulation.

3) Explain the effects of Apollo's Oracle in Greek mythology and how the poet refers to it in The Hymn to Pythian Apollo.

4) Analyze the use of disguises in Greek mythology in general, using examples from The Homeric Hymns to provide possible reasons for why the gods chose to be disguised when approaching humans.

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

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.

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