The Homeric Hymns Test | Final 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. What does Anchises pray for after meeting Aphrodite?

2. Who does Zeus send to free Demeter's daughter?

3. How is Demeter's wandering described as she searches for her daughter?

4. According to the poet of the hymns, who is responsible for Aphrodite's desire for mortal men?

5. Which one of the following is not included by the poet in the list of people that the Muses favor?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What type of goddess is Demeter and how many hymns are dedicated to her?

3. What is the reason given in The Hymn to Aphrodite for Aphrodite's attraction to mortal men?

4. What happens to Demeter's daughter and how does Demeter initially respond?

5. Who is Hephaistos and what is he known for?

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

7. Who are the Muses and what influence do they have?

8. What powers are described in The Hymn to Poseidon?

9. Which lesson does The Hymn to Hephaistos illustrate?

10. How is Athena's birth described in The Hymn to Athena?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the description of Hera in The Hymn to Hera with her involvement in various hymns throughout the collection. Include examples and your analysis of why the poet chose to only portray her positive qualities in The Hymn to Hera.

Essay Topic 2

Chronicle the development of Ancient Greek lyrical poetry, the development of the Greek alphabet, how stories might have been created before it, and the different styles used to distinguish the epic poems from other writings. Include an explanation of the forms used in Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey as a comparison to the writing in other ages and how Homer's work is used to support the theory of the existence of Homeric bards.

Essay Topic 3

This essay will be about The Hymn to Artemis, The Second Hymn to Artemis, and the role of women warriors in Greek mythology.

1) Describe Artemis as she is presented in the hymn.

2) Explain why Artemis is known for two qualities that are not usually associated with each other.

3) Analyze the general purposes of the shorter hymns and what the intentions might have been in writing The Hymn to Artemis.

4) Using The Hymn to Athena, compare Artemis with Athena and their influence on war and in general.

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