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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 animal does Dionysus turn into while on board the ship?

2. As used by the Greeks to describe The Homeric Hymns, what does the word, charis, mean?

3. What meter are the hymns composed in?

4. Which one of the following epics was composed by Homer?

5. How does the poet describe the laws of peace that he wishes to linger in at the end of The Hymn to Ares?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Dionysus free himself from the crew of the sailing boat?

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

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

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

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

7. How is Hermes born and raised?

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

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

10. What is different about the way The Hymn to Ares begins and what is Ares known for?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe The Hymn to Hephaistos, the characteristics of Hephaistos, how he uses his intellect, the ways that he helps men with their work, and the lessons that can be learned from his story.

Essay Topic 2

The Hymn to Delian Apollo and The Hymn to Pythian Apollo are the final two hymns in The Homeric Hymns.

1) Explain the difficult circumstances surrounding Apollo's birth, why his mother had so much trouble, and the way that the island of Delios is rewarded.

2) Describe Apollo's search for the place to build his temple and Oracle, including his use of disguises and manipulation.

3) Explain the effects of Apollo's Oracle in Greek mythology and how the poet refers to it in The Hymn to Pythian Apollo.

4) Analyze the use of disguises in Greek mythology in general, using examples from The Homeric Hymns to provide possible reasons for why the gods chose to be disguised when approaching humans.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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