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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. Which god did the Homeridae feature in their preludes?

2. In The Hymn to Ares, what word is used to describe Ares's force?

3. Along with his feats of strength, which one of the following is also discussed in The Hymn to Herakles?

4. As stated in the hymn, who does Ares lead?

5. How does Hermes's mother discover that he has been up to no good?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What are the main characteristics of Athena?

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

5. What is Apollo searching for in The Hymn to Pythian Apollo and why is he having trouble?

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

7. What is Aphrodite known for, and which three goddesses cannot be influenced by her?

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

9. In what way does Hestia's power or presence compare to that of the other gods and goddesses?

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

Essay 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

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 3

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.

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