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. After Demeter abandons the attempt to make the child immortal, what kind of existence does she have?

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

3. When does Aphrodite say that Aeneas, the child she has with Anchises, will be able to return to earth?

4. Which one of the following is not something that Demeter is known for?

5. Which fruit's seeds does Demeter's daughter eat before returning?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Demeter encounter King Celeus and Metanira?

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

6. What is Aphrodite known for, and which three goddesses cannot be influenced by her?

7. What are the main characteristics of Athena?

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

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

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

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

Describe the possible theories about Homer's life and writings, including why it is believed that he was blind, how this is referred to in the hymns, and the way that his stories may have been recorded. Also, use the information in the Introduction from other historians and writers to provide examples.

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