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. In the hymn, how does the child's mother react to Demeter's attempt to make the child immortal?

2. What type of arts is Athena known for?

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

4. Who does the moon apparently have an affair with, creating a daughter in the process?

5. Which one of the following is a term used by the poet to characterize Zeus?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the poet pray for at the end of The Hymn to Poseidon?

2. How does Demeter reward the kindness of Celeus and Metanira and what is the result?

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

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

5. What are the main characteristics of Athena?

6. How is The Hymn to Zeus written and how is Zeus defined in it?

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

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

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

10. What happens when Aphrodite meets Anchises?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the entire saga of Demeter and her search for Persephone. Include an analysis of how Zeus becomes involved, the story of Demeter, King Celeus, and Metanira, the reunion between Demeter and Persephone, and how it leads to the changing of the seasons. Also, describe how Greek mythology was designed to explain the origins for things and which hymns illustrate that intent the most.

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

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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