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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. In what way does the author describe how Earth's blessings manifest themselves in females?
2. What does Dionysus turn the crew of the ship into?
3. What is the judgment that Hermes receives?
4. How is Artemis's dancing described in the hymn?
5. Along with his feats of strength, which one of the following is also discussed in The Hymn to Herakles?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is one of the theories for why some of the hymns are so short?
2. How is Asclepios described in The Hymn to Asclepios?
3. Who is Hephaistos and what is he known for?
4. What beast does Apollo battle, why, and what is the result?
5. How is Athena's birth described in The Hymn to Athena?
6. What is the reason given in The Hymn to Aphrodite for Aphrodite's attraction to mortal men?
7. How is Hermes born and raised?
8. Why do some historians think that Homer did not actually write his poems?
9. Who are the Muses and what influence do they have?
10. According to The Hymn to the Earth, how do the Earth's blessings manifest?
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 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
The Muses are an important part of the connection between the gods/goddesses and humanity.
1) Describe the influence of the Muses and what areas of life they affect.
2) Explain who the main people are that are influenced by the Muses and why.
3) Describe the ways that the Muses are included in hymns (besides The Hymn to the Muses) and the value of their participation.
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