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 job did Hephaistos have, according to the hymn?

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

3. What metaphor is made to the sun's journey in The Hymn to the Sun?

4. As stated in the hymn, which King welcomes Demeter into his home?

5. According to the hymn, how does Demeter try to make a child immortal?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What happens when Aphrodite meets Anchises?

8. What are the main characteristics of Athena?

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

10. Which lesson does The Hymn to Hephaistos illustrate?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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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