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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 meter are the hymns composed in?
2. How does the poet describe the laws of peace that he wishes to linger in at the end of The Hymn to Ares?
3. Based on the myth, what does Hermes use the shell of the turtle to make?
4. Based on the findings of archaeologists, which centuries have a gap between them where no writings have been found?
5. What way does the poet describe the manifestation of Earth's blessings in children?
Short Essay Questions
1. Based on the story in The Third Hymn to Dionysus, why is Dionysus hidden as a child?
2. How is Asclepios described in The Hymn to Asclepios?
3. As explained in the Introduction, what is the purpose of The Homeric Hymns?
4. According to The Hymn to the Earth, how do the Earth's blessings manifest?
5. What happens to the crew of the sailing ship that captured Dionysus?
6. How does Dionysus free himself from the crew of the sailing boat?
7. What is the argument between the helmsman and the captain that is described in The Hymn to Dionysus?
8. What are the circumstances surrounding Pan's birth and how is he described in The Hymn to Pan?
9. What is Herakles known for and what prayer does the poet make at the conclusion of The Hymn to Herakles?
10. Who assists the poet in The Hymn to the Mother of the Gods, and what does it refer to?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Dionysus is given three hymns in The Homeric Hymns.
1) Describe Dionysus's birth and how he is different than some of the other gods.
2) Explain the events surrounding his capture and how he frees himself.
3) Describe the fate of the crew after Dionysus is free.
4) Using Dionysus's story as an example, analyze the idea of transformation vs. destruction as it is included in Greek mythology.
Essay Topic 2
The adventures of Herakles are presented in The Hymn to Herakles.
1) Describe the origin of Herakles, and the recurring theme that it reflects.
2) Explain why Herakles is known for his strength by including examples of the feats in The Hymn to Herakles.
3) Describe how Herakles proves himself and the way he is ultimately rewarded.
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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