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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. As used by the Greeks to describe The Homeric Hymns, what does the word, charis, mean?

2. What does the helmsman of the boat recognize?

3. Based on the findings of archaeologists, which centuries have a gap between them where no writings have been found?

4. How does the poet describe the cowardice he would like to "shake off" in The Hymn to Ares?

5. In the first Hymn to Hermes, who is described as Hermes's mother?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does Hermes invent the lyre?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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