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 is the general tone of The Hymn to Zeus?

2. How is Zeus described by the poet in The Hymn to Zeus?

3. Where did the men live that Hephaistos represents in the hymn?

4. Which manifestations of the sun are discussed in The Hymn to the Sun?

5. Based on the hymn, how many goddesses are there that Aphrodite cannot influence?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is Aphrodite attracted to and what is her plan?

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

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

5. What metaphor is used to describe the moon in The Hymn to the Moon?

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

7. What does the Dioscuri refer to in the two hymns to Dioscuri?

8. What happens when Aphrodite meets Anchises?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Aphrodite's attraction to mortal men is discussed in detail in The Hymn to Aphrodite.

1) Describe the birth of Aphrodite from The Second Hymn to Aphrodite and how she was received by the gods initially.

2) Explain why and how Aphrodite is attracted to mortal men and Zeus's involvement.

3) Analyze the plan that Aphrodite invents to become closer to Anchises and how he responds.

4) Explain the origin of Aeneas, what his childhood will be like, and who he eventually grows to become.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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