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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 animal joins the horse in sacrifice?

2. The traditional _____ in the Rig Veda is the tale of the king and the priest.

3. _____ are seers as well as poets.

4. What is the name of the ancient sage to whom "Requiem for a Horse" is attributed?

5. Who carries Indra to heaven to bring Soma to men and gods?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the meanings of the recurrent epithet, "Knower of creatures"?

2. What is the distinction between food that is for the gods and food that is for the dead fathers?

3. What is the nature of the 'child of the waters' and how does this relate to Agni?

4. Who are the three brothers in "The Riddle of the Sacrifice" and with whom are they associated in the text?

5. In "The Creation of the Sacrifice", what is the significance of weaving?

6. What is the actual content of the secret in "The Mystery of Agni"?

7. What is the back story about the priest of the oblation's getting angry in "The Birth of Agni", and what does the priest do that is mentioned in this hymn?

8. What is the state of clarity of the early stages of creation in "The All-maker", according to the author, and why?

9. Who are the Angirases and with whom are they often linked?

10. In "Aditi and the Birth of the Gods", what does the author think is meant by the poet's seeing the birth of the gods?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Where does Speech come from? What is its importance? How is speech personified in the hymn, "Speech"?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the plot of the allegory of the "The Boy and the Chariot"? How does the boy follow his father into the realm of Yama? What is he trying to accomplish? What does the chariot symbolize in this myth and throughout the Rig Veda?

Essay Topic 3

What tasks is Varuna charged with? Who is Varuna a friend of? What threatens their friendship? How is this resolved?

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