Week 7: Odysseus and Aeneas in the Underworld

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The following is a list of statements which are either True or False. When you take the quiz, you will have 10 of these statements, chosen at random. You can take the quiz up to 5 times, and your average score will be recorded.

Apply the 80% RULE when you are taking quizzes for these classes. In other words: don't stress about trying to get 100% on these quizzes. The quizzes are here to make sure you are ready to go on to the next activity. If you get 80% or better, you are ready to proceed. If you get less than 80% you need to go back and do the reading again (read more slowly, take notes) and take the quiz again, aiming for at least 80%.

  1. T or F ? Tantalus was condemned to roll a rock up a hill over and over again.
  2. T or F ? Ulysses wept when he heard a singer describing events from the Trojan War.
  3. T or F ? Vergil's Aeneid imitates the Homeric songs.
  4. T or F ? Vergil and Virgil are variant spellings of the same name.
  5. T or F ? Ulysses tells his adventures at a banquet organized by the emperor Augustus.
  6. T or F ? The Sibyl is a priestess of Apollo.
  7. T or F ? Ulysses is the Latin name for Odysseus, the hero of the Odyssey.
  8. T or F ? Theseus defeated the Trojans, with the help of Ariadne.
  9. T or F ? Ulysses spent many years trying to return to his home in Troy.
  10. T or F ? Ulysses made a visit to the land of the dead.
  11. T or F ? Vergil led a slave uprising that lasted from 73-71 BCE.
  12. T or F ? The archaic period of Greek culture lasted from around 800 BCE to 500 BCE.
  13. T or F ? Aeneas's father Anchises died shortly after their escape from Troy.
  14. T or F ? Vergil's Aeneid was preserved for centuries by the oral tradition.
  15. T or F ? Circe told Ulysses to consult the prophet Teiresias in the land of the dead.
  16. T or F ? Julius Caesar was Vergil's patron.
  17. T or F ? Hecate was an ancient and powerful goddess associated with magic and with death.
  18. T or F ? The Greek Dark Ages lasted from around 500 BCE to 100 BCE.
  19. T or F ? Aeneas was a general in the Greek army besieging Troy.
  20. T or F ? Ulysses was married to Clytemnestra.
  21. T or F ? There is a large quantity of historical evidence about Homer's birth, life, and death.
  22. T or F ? The Roman epic, the Aeneid, was written by the poet Vergil.
  23. T or F ? Daedalus was famous for having built the "labyrinth" for Caesar Augustus in Rome.
  24. T or F ? The Homeric epics are oral epics.
  25. T or F ? Julius Caesar was assassinated in 344 BCE.

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