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. Who assists the poet in the beginning of The Hymn to the Moon?

2. In the hymn, how does the child's mother react to Demeter's attempt to make the child immortal?

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

4. What does Anchises do after his affair with Aphrodite?

5. What is the general tone of The Hymn to Zeus?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What metaphor is used to describe the moon in The Hymn to the Moon?

3. What are the main characteristics of Athena?

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

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

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

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

8. How many hymns are written about Hestia and what is she praised for?

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

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

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

Analyze the main differences between major gods and minor gods by explaining the characteristics of each. Also, include descriptions of The Hymn to Asclepios and The Hymn to Pan as examples of the minor gods and what they represent to the poet and Greek myths.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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