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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 century did the Ancient Greeks begin to use the alphabetic script?

2. What does the poet pray for at the end of The Hymn to Herakles?

3. How is Artemis's skill described in the second hymn?

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

5. Which argument does the poet describe in The Hymn to Dionysus?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens to Demeter's daughter and how does Demeter initially respond?

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

4. How are Persephone and Demeter reunited and what are the conditions of Persephone's return?

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

6. What powers are described in The Hymn to Poseidon?

7. What are the varying lengths of the hymns?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

This essay will be about The Hymn to Artemis, The Second Hymn to Artemis, and the role of women warriors in Greek mythology.

1) Describe Artemis as she is presented in the hymn.

2) Explain why Artemis is known for two qualities that are not usually associated with each other.

3) Analyze the general purposes of the shorter hymns and what the intentions might have been in writing The Hymn to Artemis.

4) Using The Hymn to Athena, compare Artemis with Athena and their influence on war and in general.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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