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. As stated in The Hymn to Aphrodite, what is Athena known for?

2. Based on the information provided in The Hymns to the Dioscuri, who do Castor and Pollux protect?

3. What characteristic does the hymn point out about Hephaistos?

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

5. Who is Athena's father?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who assists the poet in the beginning of The Hymn to the Moon, and what is the moon's name?

2. How does Anchises respond to Aphrodite's true identity and what is the result of their affair?

3. What metaphor is used to describe the sun in The Hymn to the Sun?

4. What is the explanation of the seasons according to the myths?

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

6. Which lesson does The Hymn to Hephaistos illustrate?

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

8. How many hymns are written about Hestia and what is she praised for?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Nature is a major element that is explored in Greek mythology.

1) Explain The Hymn to the Earth and the ways that Earth's blessings are manifested, using the hymn to provide examples of the Earth's characteristics and qualities, as well as what the poet gives her credit for and why.

2) Analyze the metaphors that are used in The Hymn to the Sun and The Hymn to the Moon along with the different powers that both the sun and moon possess.

3) Explain the origin of Castor and Pollux and what their existence means to the Greeks and nature.

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