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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 type of armor does Ares have, according to the poet?

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

3. What happens to the helmsman in The Hymn to Dionysus?

4. How many of the stolen animals does Hermes sacrifice in the caves?

5. According to The Second Hymn to Dionysus, who is the father of Dionysus?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is The Hymn to Zeus written and how is Zeus defined in it?

2. Who is Aphrodite attracted to and what is her plan?

3. In what way does Hestia's power or presence compare to that of the other gods and goddesses?

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

5. As explained in the Introduction, what is the purpose of The Homeric Hymns?

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

7. Who assists the poet in the beginning of The Hymn to the Moon, and what is the moon's name?

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

9. What other name is Herakles known as, and how is he born?

10. What is the difficulty that Leto has in giving birth to Apollo?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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