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. How many seeds does Demeter's daughter eat before returning?

2. In The Hymn to Aphrodite, what job does Anchises have?

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

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

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. How does Demeter encounter King Celeus and Metanira?

2. Who are the Muses and what influence do they have?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Which lesson does The Hymn to Hephaistos illustrate?

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

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

Compare Zeus and Poseidon in terms of characteristics, skills, reputation, and influence. Also, explain some of the possible reasons why the hymns for both Zeus and Poseidon might have been so short. Use The Hymn to Zeus and The Hymn to Poseidon as a reference to support your analysis.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the possible theories about Homer's life and writings, including why it is believed that he was blind, how this is referred to in the hymns, and the way that his stories may have been recorded. Also, use the information in the Introduction from other historians and writers to provide examples.

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