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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 The Hymn to Ares, what word is used to describe Ares's force?
2. Which one of the following is not included in the description of Hermes provided in The Second Hymn to Hermes?
3. How is Artemis's dancing described in the hymn?
4. What is the judgment that Hermes receives?
5. Who is Hera's husband?
Short Essay Questions
1. How is Artemis's beauty portrayed in The Second Hymn to Artemis.
2. What is Artemis's skill and how is it described?
3. What is one of the theories for why some of the hymns are so short?
4. What interesting request does the poet have for Ares?
5. What other name is Herakles known as, and how is he born?
6. How does the poet explain Hera's power?
7. What is unique about the length of The Hymn to Hermes and what is Hermes known for?
8. How is the birth and childhood of Dionysus described in The Second Hymn to Dionysus?
9. According to The Hymn to the Earth, how do the Earth's blessings manifest?
10. What are the varying lengths of the hymns?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Chronicle the development of Ancient Greek lyrical poetry, the development of the Greek alphabet, how stories might have been created before it, and the different styles used to distinguish the epic poems from other writings. Include an explanation of the forms used in Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey as a comparison to the writing in other ages and how Homer's work is used to support the theory of the existence of Homeric bards.
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
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.
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