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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 story, where is Dionysus raised?

2. How does Hermes's mother discover that he has been up to no good?

3. Which one of the following is not included in the description of Hermes provided in The Second Hymn to Hermes?

4. Which god did the Homeridae feature in their preludes?

5. What is Artemis's skill?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is different about the way The Hymn to Ares begins and what is Ares known for?

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

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

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

6. Where is Dionysus captured in The Hymn to Dionysus?

7. What does Hermes do with the cattle, and how do his mother and Apollo respond?

8. What are the varying lengths of the hymns?

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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