Project #73944 - Mythology exam

Submit your examination online as an attachment (a MS-Word file) prior to the beginning of the class on the due date/time listed.

Thoroughly address the following multi-part questions making specific reference to sources to support your responses. Use the MLA format of: (source page#) or (source paragraph#). You may cite your textbook, any other book or eBook, or an authoritative  web-based source such as theoi.com or Encyclopedia Mythica.at pantheon.com--other websites such as about.com, ask.com or wikipedia.com would not be appropriate for college-level work. Be certain to cite your sources both in your response and in a bibliography page at the end of your exam (or after each question).

Each response requires an extended paragraph to appropriately and specifically address each question--making specific reference to your sources for each point within the paragraphs. Be certain to conform to the syllabus manuscript guidelines. Suggested length for the response would be at least 1 quality page each addressing all the points in the question.

(40 points possible for each answer times 5 = 200 total points possible)

I. Choose one of the following:

  1. Provide one example of how a specific myth illustrates Tylor’s belief that belief in gods “can survive the rise of science where somehow myth cannot” (see pages 11-35 in Segal, Robert A. "Chapter 1. Myth and Science." Myth: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004. Available through the EMCC Library via Very Short Introductions Online.)
  2. Compare the seasonal fertility myths of the Hittites and the Greeks. How are the myths representative of the regional geography of the two civilizations?

II. Choose two of the following:

  1. Given the Greek concepts of "arete", "hubris", "até", and "nemesis" how specifically does each of these terms apply to to Odysseus and Oedipus? What is each hero’s ultimate (and specific) epiphany.
  2. The “host/guest” responsibility relationship is an important aspect of Greek (and other) mythological systems. How specifically does this responsibility explain the events surrounding Menelaus/Paris, Polyphemus/Ithican sailors, and Penelope/Suitors?
  3. At least two prominent Greek heroes at first seek to avoid the Trojan War despite the oath they took. What was the oath, what are the circumstances of their evasion, and how does this avoidance demonstrate in one case “obedience” and in the other “metis”?

III. Answer both of the following:

  1. How precisely does the Iliad conform to (or establish) the epic form? Consult the "epic" entry in Holman, C. Hugh. A Handbook to Literature. New York: Odyssey Press, 1972 (click on this linkPreview the documentView in a new window). Be specific in applying the 6 characteristics of the "epic" form listed in Holman by quoting/providing lines and sections of the Iliad.
  2. Read the beginning of the attached .pdf filePreview the documentView in a new window "The Heroine: Women's Mysteries in a Man's World" 294-299. Then select a heroine in one of the sections following such as "The Heroine as Mother or Wife" (.pdf is from Harris and Platzner Classical Mythology: Images & Insights. 3rd edition. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield, 2001). Apply concepts found in both readings to her. Specifically cite pages in the two readings in your response.

5 -6 pages in length, with a cover page and source cited page

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Due By (Pacific Time) 06/15/2015 11:59 am
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