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. Who assists the poet in the beginning of The Hymn to the Moon?

2. Which one of the following is Athena known for?

3. According to the myth, where was Athena born?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What are the main characteristics of Athena?

8. What metaphor is used to describe the moon in The Hymn to the Moon?

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

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

Chronicle the development of Ancient Greek lyrical poetry, the development of the Greek alphabet, how stories might have been created before it, and the different styles used to distinguish the epic poems from other writings. Include an explanation of the forms used in Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey as a comparison to the writing in other ages and how Homer's work is used to support the theory of the existence of Homeric bards.

Essay Topic 2

The Hymn to Hermes is the longest hymn of the collection.

1) Describe Hermes's birth, childhood, and characteristics.

2) Explain how Hermes invents the lyre.

3) Describe the theft of Apollo's cattle and the response of Maia, Apollo, and Zeus to Hermes's crime.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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