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. When is Anchises bewitched by Aphrodite's beauty?

2. What is the last command that Aphrodite has for Anchises?

3. What is the general tone of The Hymn to Zeus?

4. What prayer does the poet make in The Hymn to Poseidon?

5. Which one of the following is Athena known for?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is the birth of Aphrodite explained in The Second Hymn to Aphrodite?

3. How does Demeter encounter King Celeus and Metanira?

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

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

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

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

8. What happens when Aphrodite meets Anchises?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Using The Hymn to Hermes as an example, analyze the human element of Greek mythology and why it was necessary in order for people to relate to the stories of the gods. Include an explanation of what happens between Apollo and Hermes after the judgment, the significance or symbolism of the lyre and music, and what Hermes's wand represents.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The Hymn to Ares introduces a thought provoking theory about war and peace.

1) Describe how The Hymn to Ares is different in style from the other hymns in the collection and the possible reasons why the poet chose to write it in this style.

2) Explain what Ares is known for and why the poet thinks Ares can provide help in gaining courage.

3) Analyze the request made by the poet at the end of The Hymn to Ares and the idea of how fighting wars might lead to peace.

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