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. What does Anchises ask Aphrodite for after he learns her identity?

2. Which one of the following is not included by the poet in the list of people that the Muses favor?

3. Which one of the following is Athena known for?

4. What suffers as a result of Demeter's quest to find her daughter?

5. Whose origin does The Hymn to the Sun describe?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the poet pray for at the end of The Hymn to Poseidon?

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

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

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

5. What are the main characteristics of Athena?

6. Which lesson does The Hymn to Hephaistos illustrate?

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

8. How does Demeter reward the kindness of Celeus and Metanira and what is the result?

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

10. What happens when Aphrodite meets Anchises?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Describe Hestia's presence and the importance of it as it relates to both the immortal and mortal. In addition, compare Hestia's involvement in Greek mythology with the other gods and goddesses, and explain why she is considered to hold so much power.

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