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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 way does the poet describe the manifestation of Earth's blessings in children?

2. How does the first Hymn to Dionysus conclude?

3. According to The Third Hymn to Dionysus, why is Dionysus raised in secrecy?

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

5. What does the first hymn to Hera praise her for?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is unique about the length of The Hymn to Hermes and what is Hermes known for?

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

5. Who assists the poet in The Hymn to the Mother of the Gods, and what does it refer to?

6. What is one of the theories for why some of the hymns are so short?

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

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

9. What happens to the crew of the sailing ship that captured Dionysus?

10. How long ago was the collection of The Homeric Hymns formed, and how many songs were compiled?

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

Using The Hymn to Hermes as an example, analyze the human element of Greek mythology and why it was necessary in order for people to relate to the stories of the gods. Include an explanation of what happens between Apollo and Hermes after the judgment, the significance or symbolism of the lyre and music, and what Hermes's wand represents.

Essay Topic 3

The Hymn to Ares introduces a thought provoking theory about war and peace.

1) Describe how The Hymn to Ares is different in style from the other hymns in the collection and the possible reasons why the poet chose to write it in this style.

2) Explain what Ares is known for and why the poet thinks Ares can provide help in gaining courage.

3) Analyze the request made by the poet at the end of The Hymn to Ares and the idea of how fighting wars might lead to peace.

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