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

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

3. According to Aphrodite, what will the child she has with Anchises grow to become?

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

5. Where did the men live that Hephaistos represents in the hymn?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Which lesson does The Hymn to Hephaistos illustrate?

3. Who assists the poet in the beginning of The Hymn to the Moon, and what is the moon's name?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does Demeter reward the kindness of Celeus and Metanira and what is the result?

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

Analyze the main differences between major gods and minor gods by explaining the characteristics of each. Also, include descriptions of The Hymn to Asclepios and The Hymn to Pan as examples of the minor gods and what they represent to the poet and Greek myths.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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