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 Hestia's presence described in the Hymns to Hestia?

2. Where is Demeter's daughter taken when she is kidnapped?

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

4. As explained in The Second Hymn to Aphrodite, how was Aphrodite born?

5. Which one of Athena's attributes is the subject of the final Hymn to Athena?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Which lesson does The Hymn to Hephaistos illustrate?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. How is Athena's birth described in The Hymn to Athena?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Dionysus is given three hymns in The Homeric Hymns.

1) Describe Dionysus's birth and how he is different than some of the other gods.

2) Explain the events surrounding his capture and how he frees himself.

3) Describe the fate of the crew after Dionysus is free.

4) Using Dionysus's story as an example, analyze the idea of transformation vs. destruction as it is included in Greek mythology.

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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