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 is Demeter's wandering described as she searches for her daughter?

2. What prayer does the poet make in The Hymn to Poseidon?

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

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

5. How is Hephaistos described in The Hymn to Hephaistos?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Demeter encounter King Celeus and Metanira?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Using The Hymn to Hermes as an example, analyze the human element of Greek mythology and why it was necessary in order for people to relate to the stories of the gods. Include an explanation of what happens between Apollo and Hermes after the judgment, the significance or symbolism of the lyre and music, and what Hermes's wand represents.

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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