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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

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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