The Homeric Hymns Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. How does the first Hymn to Dionysus conclude?

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

3. How does the poet describe the cowardice he would like to "shake off" in The Hymn to Ares?

4. Who is believed to be Herakles's father?

5. In summarizing The Hymn to the Earth, what does the poet suggest follows the manifestation of Earth's blessings?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Artemis's skill and how is it described?

4. What are the varying lengths of the hymns?

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

6. How is the birth and childhood of Dionysus described in The Second Hymn to Dionysus?

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

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

9. Based on the story in The Third Hymn to Dionysus, why is Dionysus hidden as a child?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Hestia's presence and the importance of it as it relates to both the immortal and mortal. In addition, compare Hestia's involvement in Greek mythology with the other gods and goddesses, and explain why she is considered to hold so much power.

Essay Topic 2

Explain how and why myths were written to be entertaining using the hymns to provide examples. Also, analyze the possible results of the myths and their effectiveness if they were not designed to be as entertaining, or could not maintain a person's interest.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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