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. Based on the information provided in The Hymns to the Dioscuri, who do Castor and Pollux protect?

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

3. What is Hades's nickname?

4. Based on the information provided in their hymn, what do the Muses influence?

5. What do all of the hymns in this section (The Hymn to Hephaistos, The Hymn to Poseidon, The Hymn to Zeus, and The Hymn to the Muses) have in common?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens when Aphrodite meets Anchises?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What are the main characteristics of Athena?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the description of Hera in The Hymn to Hera with her involvement in various hymns throughout the collection. Include examples and your analysis of why the poet chose to only portray her positive qualities in The Hymn to Hera.

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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