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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. In the opinion of the author, how does Hera's power compare to the influence of her husband?
2. What is the length of the shortest hymn?
3. As stated in The Second Hymn to Dionysus, who is the mother of Dionysus?
4. Which argument does the poet describe in The Hymn to Dionysus?
5. Who jumps overboard after Dionysus's transformation?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is one of the theories for why some of the hymns are so short?
2. How is Asclepios described in The Hymn to Asclepios?
3. What is unique about the length of The Hymn to Hermes and what is Hermes known for?
4. According to The Hymn to the Earth, how do the Earth's blessings manifest?
5. How is the Earth referred to in The Hymn to the Earth, and what is she praised for?
6. How does Dionysus free himself from the crew of the sailing boat?
7. How long ago was the collection of The Homeric Hymns formed, and how many songs were compiled?
8. Where is Dionysus captured in The Hymn to Dionysus?
9. What are the varying lengths of the hymns?
10. How does the poet explain Hera's power?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
The adventures of Herakles are presented in The Hymn to Herakles.
1) Describe the origin of Herakles, and the recurring theme that it reflects.
2) Explain why Herakles is known for his strength by including examples of the feats in The Hymn to Herakles.
3) Describe how Herakles proves himself and the way he is ultimately rewarded.
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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