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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 instrument is Artemis known for using?

2. In the story, where is Dionysus raised?

3. In the poet's opinion, how do Earth's blessings manifest themselves in males?

4. According to the hymn, where does Artemis dance?

5. Who is the father of Hermes, according to the first Hymn?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What other name is Herakles known as, and how is he born?

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

8. What leads historians to believe that Homer either wrote or was influential in the writing of the hymns?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

This essay will be about The Hymn to Artemis, The Second Hymn to Artemis, and the role of women warriors in Greek mythology.

1) Describe Artemis as she is presented in the hymn.

2) Explain why Artemis is known for two qualities that are not usually associated with each other.

3) Analyze the general purposes of the shorter hymns and what the intentions might have been in writing The Hymn to Artemis.

4) Using The Hymn to Athena, compare Artemis with Athena and their influence on war and in general.

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