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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. Who is believed to be Herakles's father?

2. According to the hymn, where does Artemis dance?

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

4. What is the purpose of the first hymn to Artemis?

5. In a tribute, which Greek historian attributes the "Hymn to Apollo" to Homer?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do some historians think that Homer did not actually write his poems?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What interesting request does the poet have for Ares?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Chronicle the development of Ancient Greek lyrical poetry, the development of the Greek alphabet, how stories might have been created before it, and the different styles used to distinguish the epic poems from other writings. Include an explanation of the forms used in Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey as a comparison to the writing in other ages and how Homer's work is used to support the theory of the existence of Homeric bards.

Essay Topic 2

Aphrodite's attraction to mortal men is discussed in detail in The Hymn to Aphrodite.

1) Describe the birth of Aphrodite from The Second Hymn to Aphrodite and how she was received by the gods initially.

2) Explain why and how Aphrodite is attracted to mortal men and Zeus's involvement.

3) Analyze the plan that Aphrodite invents to become closer to Anchises and how he responds.

4) Explain the origin of Aeneas, what his childhood will be like, and who he eventually grows to become.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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