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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. In what way does Hermes's mother respond to Hermes' stealing activities?

3. According to The Hymn to Pan, what animal makes up the lower half of Pan, who is known for nature and wild music?

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

5. What is the difference between the first and second hymns to Artemis?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens during and after the "trial" of Hermes?

2. What happens to the crew of the sailing ship that captured Dionysus?

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

4. How is Hermes born and raised?

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does the poet explain Hera's power?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The compilation of The Homeric Hymns is discussed in the Introduction.

1) Define the term "Homeric" and why it is applied to the hymns that are featured in this collection.

2) Explain the hexameter form that Homer was known to use and how it is present in the hymns.

3) Analyze the different purposes of the hymns as they are presented in the Introduction.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the main differences between major gods and minor gods by explaining the characteristics of each. Also, include descriptions of The Hymn to Asclepios and The Hymn to Pan as examples of the minor gods and what they represent to the poet and Greek myths.

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