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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 type of nourishment of humanity does the Earth have according to the first hymn?

2. What is Artemis's skill?

3. What does the poet pray for at the end of The Hymn to Herakles?

4. At the conclusion of the first hymn, how is Hermes described?

5. What century did the Ancient Greeks begin to use the alphabetic script?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why do some historians think that Homer did not actually write his poems?

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

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

5. What are the varying lengths of the hymns?

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

7. Based on the story in The Third Hymn to Dionysus, why is Dionysus hidden as a child?

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

9. What happens during and after the "trial" of Hermes?

10. How is Hermes born and raised?

Essay Topics

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

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 3

Nature is a major element that is explored in Greek mythology.

1) Explain The Hymn to the Earth and the ways that Earth's blessings are manifested, using the hymn to provide examples of the Earth's characteristics and qualities, as well as what the poet gives her credit for and why.

2) Analyze the metaphors that are used in The Hymn to the Sun and The Hymn to the Moon along with the different powers that both the sun and moon possess.

3) Explain the origin of Castor and Pollux and what their existence means to the Greeks and nature.

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