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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 their hymn, what do the Muses influence?

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

3. Based on the ancient myths, what is known to happen when mortals have affairs with immortals?

4. Where is Demeter's daughter taken when she is kidnapped?

5. What is another word that depicts the form of art that Athena is associated with?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Demeter encounter King Celeus and Metanira?

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

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

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

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

9. Who is Aphrodite attracted to and what is her plan?

10. What are the main characteristics of Athena?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Aphrodite's attraction to mortal men is discussed in detail in The Hymn to Aphrodite.

1) Describe the birth of Aphrodite from The Second Hymn to Aphrodite and how she was received by the gods initially.

2) Explain why and how Aphrodite is attracted to mortal men and Zeus's involvement.

3) Analyze the plan that Aphrodite invents to become closer to Anchises and how he responds.

4) Explain the origin of Aeneas, what his childhood will be like, and who he eventually grows to become.

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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