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. How many seeds does Demeter's daughter eat before returning?

2. In the poet's prayer at the conclusion of The Hymn to the Sun, what does he hope that his life will satisfy?

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

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

5. Whose house does the poet mention at the end of The Second Hymn to Hestia because it is blessed by Hestia?

Short Essay Questions

1. Which lesson does The Hymn to Hephaistos illustrate?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What powers are described in The Hymn to Poseidon?

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

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

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 2

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 3

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.

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