1) What was the name of the
"blood" coursing through the veins of the gods, which made them
a) mercury b)
ichor c) nectar d) vitamin C
The gods and
goddesses had Ichor, rather than blood, coursing through their
bodies. Like blood, it flowed out, as in the case of Aphrodite
when Diomedes wounded her during the Trojan War.
2) Helen of Troy was said to
have a "Face that launched ____"
a 1000 ships b) a 1000 zits c) a 1000
ad campaigns d) a 1000 lawsuits
prince called Paris kidnapped the willing (and already married) Helen and
brought her to Troy. Needless to say, the Greeks were not happy.
They mustered a mighty naval force, said to number over a thousand ships,
and paid the Trojans a lengthy visit.
3) The Titan Prometheus got in
serious trouble with Zeus for giving a gift to humans. This
priceless gift was:
a) a brain b) fire
c) matches d) electricity
pity on the humans shivering on earth and eating meat raw, and
stole fire from Mount Olympus, giving it to the grateful mortals.
Zeus had expressly warned Prometheus against doing so and punished
him by having him bound to a rock, where daily a huge eagle would
swoop down and devour his liver, which would grow back overnight.
Hercules eventually killed the eagle and freed the brave Titan.
4) When he was a mere babe, the
god Apollo hunted down and killed a ferocious monster. This creature
Python b) Typhoon c) Ty Cobb d)
Hera, who was
Zeus' jealous wife, had sent the monster Python to torment Leto,
mother to Artemis and Apollo. The beast even tried to molest Leto
so when Apollo "grew up" (he was four days old) he tracked down
the dragon Python and put it out of its misery.
5) Jason and the Argonauts left
Greece and went on a Quest for:
a) beer b) a decent meal
c) the Golden Fleece d)
an outlet mall
Fleece was guarded by a real nasty dragon, who wasn't too eager to
part with it. With the help of the witch Medea, Jason scored the
Fleece, wreaking havoc in the process.
6) The famous ship that the
Argonauts sailed on was called the:
Argo b) Argus c) Argyle d)
Athena herself picked out the timbers that were used to build the
Argo, named after its builder, Argos. The word "nautis"
means "sailor" in Greek, so the "Argonauts"
were literally "the sailors of the Argo".
7) Sisyphus went brain-dead and
insulted Zeus. As punishment he had to:
a) go on a date with Medusa
roll a rock up a hill
c) rock and roll up a hill d) write "I won't tick
off the Big Guy" 1000 times
Sisyphus had to endure a lifetime of rolling a huge rock up a
hill, only to have it roll back over him just as he reached the
top. Bummer. It's not wise to arouse the wrath of the gods...
8) The above is an example of HUBRIS. That means
"making the gods mad by breaking a divine
or moral law through ambition or passion, ultimately causing
the transgressor's doom". Another famous fool dumb
enough to make Zeus angry was Tantalus. From his name we get the
Tantalize b) Tantrum
c) Toto d) Tent
punishment, Tantalus was submerged up to his chin in a creek
surrounded by bountiful fruit trees. But whenever Tantalus tried
to take a drink the water would subside, and when he tried to pick
a fruit to eat the branches would pull away just out of reach.
Talk about tantalizing!
9) The hero Bellerophon, slayer
of the monster called Chimera, was killed by Zeus because:
a) nobody could pronounce his
name b) he was a horse thief c) he tried to enter
Olympus d) he tried to leave Olympus
takes its toll again. Bellerophon, after killing the Chimera and
attaining official hero status, got a little too full of himself.
Mounting the flying horse Pegasus, Bellerophon headed for Mount
Olympus, thinking he was going to join the gods and live as one of
them. Zeus sent a gadfly that stung Pegasus and, when the horse
reared up, vain Bellerophon fell to his death.
10) The hero Heracles
a) 12 Labors b) 12
Deliveries c) 12 Operas d) 12 times a day
drove Hercules mad and in his insanity he killed his children,
mistaking them for the attacking enemy. When he came to his senses
he was instructed by the Oracle that, to atone for his crime, he
must perform his famous 12 Labors.
Well? How did
you do? I wouldn't be surprised if you got a perfect score! Good
for you! And guess what? You actually learned a thing or two in
the process...isn't education great when it's fun?
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