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. Whose knowledge is related to the Muses, according to the poet in The Hymn to the Muses?

2. What does Anchises pray for after meeting Aphrodite?

3. In The Hymn to the Moon, what analogy is made to the moon?

4. What is Hades's nickname?

5. Based on the hymn, how did the men that Hephaistos represents live?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How are Persephone and Demeter reunited and what are the conditions of Persephone's return?

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

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

6. How does Demeter encounter King Celeus and Metanira?

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

8. What happens when Aphrodite meets Anchises?

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

10. Which lesson does The Hymn to Hephaistos illustrate?

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

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 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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