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

2. What characteristic does the hymn point out about Hephaistos?

3. What is unique about The Hymn to the Sun?

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

5. Who does the poet praise in The Second Hymn to Demeter?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Who assists the poet in the beginning of The Hymn to the Moon, and what is the moon's name?

6. How does Anchises respond to Aphrodite's true identity and what is the result of their affair?

7. How is the birth of Aphrodite explained in The Second Hymn to Aphrodite?

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

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

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

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

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

The adventures of Herakles are presented in The Hymn to Herakles.

1) Describe the origin of Herakles, and the recurring theme that it reflects.

2) Explain why Herakles is known for his strength by including examples of the feats in The Hymn to Herakles.

3) Describe how Herakles proves himself and the way he is ultimately rewarded.

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