The Homeric Hymns Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What does the first hymn to Hera praise her for?

3. How is Herakles described in the hymn?

4. In what way does the author describe how Earth's blessings manifest themselves in females?

5. How is Artemis's dancing described in the hymn?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Hermes born and raised?

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

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

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

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

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

7. How is Artemis's beauty portrayed in The Second Hymn to Artemis.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The adventures of Herakles are presented in The Hymn to Herakles.

1) Describe the origin of Herakles, and the recurring theme that it reflects.

2) Explain why Herakles is known for his strength by including examples of the feats in The Hymn to Herakles.

3) Describe how Herakles proves himself and the way he is ultimately rewarded.

Essay Topic 2

Compare Zeus and Poseidon in terms of characteristics, skills, reputation, and influence. Also, explain some of the possible reasons why the hymns for both Zeus and Poseidon might have been so short. Use The Hymn to Zeus and The Hymn to Poseidon as a reference to support your analysis.

Essay Topic 3

The Hymn to Hermes is the longest hymn of the collection.

1) Describe Hermes's birth, childhood, and characteristics.

2) Explain how Hermes invents the lyre.

3) Describe the theft of Apollo's cattle and the response of Maia, Apollo, and Zeus to Hermes's crime.

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