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. Based on the information provided in The Hymns to the Dioscuri, who do Castor and Pollux protect?

2. What job did Hephaistos have, according to the hymn?

3. According to the poet of the hymns, who is responsible for Aphrodite's desire for mortal men?

4. What is Hades's nickname?

5. What name does the poet give to the moon?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Which lesson does The Hymn to Hephaistos illustrate?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Hymn to Hermes is the longest hymn of the collection.

1) Describe Hermes's birth, childhood, and characteristics.

2) Explain how Hermes invents the lyre.

3) Describe the theft of Apollo's cattle and the response of Maia, Apollo, and Zeus to Hermes's crime.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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