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1) Zeus was the King of the Olympian gods. What was his bird?

a) the cuckoo  b) the eagle  c) the vulture  d) the dodo

Hey, if you missed this one, you got some major studying to do!

2) Poseidon was the ruler of the sea. His wife was:

a) Aphrodite  b) Amphitrite  c) Armpitrite  d) Ariel

If you said 'Ariel', you've been watching too much Disney...

3) Hades, god of the Underworld, had a favorite dog. Sometimes Hades wished he had three hands, so that he could scratch all his dog's heads at once. The canine's name was:

a) Fido  b) Cerberus  c) Max  d) Cujo

If Hades ever asks you to give him a hand, you know what he needs. Good doggie! Sit!

4) Apollo, god of light, music and much more, once fell in love with a beautiful maiden. She refused him and fled, turning into a laurel tree. This nymph's name was:

a) Rosemary  b) Daphne  c) Myrtle  d) Olivia

Daphne it was...To honor her, Apollo wore the laurel wreath from that point on, and it became one of his identifying symbols.

5) Apollo fell in love with the aforementioned maiden because he insulted Eros, the mischievous god of love. Eros got even by piercing Apollo's heart with an arrow made of:

a) lead  b) gold  c) silver  d) silly putty

Arrows made of gold, shot by Eros, indeed turned hearts into silly putty, truth be told. Once again, Eros proved that nobody was impervious to his power, kindling Apollo's passion.

6) To cause her to dislike the god, Eros then pierced Apollo's object of desire (see question #4) with an arrow made of:

a) lead  b) gold  c) silver  d) silly putty

Eros, by shooting Daphne with a blunt arrow tipped with lead, turned her heart cold and indifferent, causing her to spurn Apollo. Eros (Cupid) was a real brat sometimes. 

7) Athena, goddess of wisdom, won a contest against Poseidon. As the winner, she had a city named after her, becoming its patron goddess. What is the name of that city?

a) Troy  b) Athens  c) Corinth  d) Smart Ville

Poseidon and Athena competed as to who would give the best gift to the people. Poseidon struck the side of the mountain and a salt spring gushed out. Athena gave the citizens the olive tree, which they used for food, oil and fuel. Needless to say, Athena won.

8) Many Greek heroes had a famous Centaur (half-man and half-horse) for a tutor and teacher. The Centaur's name was:

a) Chiron  b) Charon  c) Charin d) Karen

Chiron the wise Centaur instructed countless prolific heroes, including Heracles (Hercules), Jason, Achilles, Actaeon and Asclepius. The rest of the time he just horsed around...

9) The first woman, Pandora, out of curiosity opened a jar/box, unleashing horrible evils upon humanity. However, there was one little thing left in the box, which inspired people to persevere. This precious object was:

a) wine  b) hope  c) love  d) American Express Gold Card

Pandora got a bad rap, if you ask me...I mean, what if someone gave you a fabulous wedding gift, but warned you never to open it. Hey, can you blame the girl for being curious? Who could resist peeking! Besides, it was her darn wedding gift! What's up with that?

10) Helios (Sun) and Eos (Dawn) were siblings of the goddess of the moon. She was named:

a) Selinus  b) Selene  c) Celine  d) Dion

Surely you've heard that song: "When Selene's in the sky, Like a big pizza pie, That's amore..."

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?

Bookmark this page and come back often, I'll be updating the quiz on a regular basis. Let me know if there's a particular subject you'd like mentioned, or if you want to contribute a question for the quiz.

Oh, yeah...I promise to make it harder next time!

 

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