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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. How does the first Hymn to Dionysus conclude?

2. Making it different than many of the other hymns, how does The Hymn to Ares begin?

3. As described in The Hymn to Asclepios, what is Asclepios known for?

4. Based on the myth, what does Hermes use the shell of the turtle to make?

5. What type of armor does Ares have, according to the poet?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is Hermes born and raised?

3. According to The Hymn to the Earth, how do the Earth's blessings manifest?

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

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

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

7. What are the circumstances surrounding Pan's birth and how is he described in The Hymn to Pan?

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

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

10. How does Dionysus free himself from the crew of the sailing boat?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe The Hymn to Hephaistos, the characteristics of Hephaistos, how he uses his intellect, the ways that he helps men with their work, and the lessons that can be learned from his story.

Essay Topic 2

The Muses are an important part of the connection between the gods/goddesses and humanity.

1) Describe the influence of the Muses and what areas of life they affect.

2) Explain who the main people are that are influenced by the Muses and why.

3) Describe the ways that the Muses are included in hymns (besides The Hymn to the Muses) and the value of their participation.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the entire saga of Demeter and her search for Persephone. Include an analysis of how Zeus becomes involved, the story of Demeter, King Celeus, and Metanira, the reunion between Demeter and Persephone, and how it leads to the changing of the seasons. Also, describe how Greek mythology was designed to explain the origins for things and which hymns illustrate that intent the most.

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