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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. Who is judging Hermes for his crimes?

2. According to the most recent study included in the Introduction, what period are the longer hymns from?

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

4. How is Herakles described in the hymn?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are the varying lengths of the hymns?

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

4. How long ago was the collection of The Homeric Hymns formed, and how many songs were compiled?

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

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

7. How does Hermes invent the lyre?

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

9. What does Hermes steal from Apollo and how does he do it?

10. What leads historians to believe that Homer either wrote or was influential in the writing of the hymns?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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

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.

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