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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Based on the information provided in their hymn, what do the Muses influence?

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

3. How does the narrative of The Hymn to Aphrodite describe her preparations for approaching Anchises?

4. How is Demeter's wandering described as she searches for her daughter?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The Muses are an important part of the connection between the gods/goddesses and humanity.

1) Describe the influence of the Muses and what areas of life they affect.

2) Explain who the main people are that are influenced by the Muses and why.

3) Describe the ways that the Muses are included in hymns (besides The Hymn to the Muses) and the value of their participation.

Essay Topic 2

Compare Zeus and Poseidon in terms of characteristics, skills, reputation, and influence. Also, explain some of the possible reasons why the hymns for both Zeus and Poseidon might have been so short. Use The Hymn to Zeus and The Hymn to Poseidon as a reference to support your analysis.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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