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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 is the length of the shortest hymn?

2. What fruit do the leaves sprout as Dionysus remains on the sailing ship?

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

4. Who jumps overboard after Dionysus's transformation?

5. Which one of the following is not something that Hermes was known as?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What are the varying lengths of the hymns?

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

10. How is Artemis's beauty portrayed in The Second Hymn to Artemis.

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

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

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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