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!
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
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:
lead b) gold c) silver d) silly
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
a) Troy b)
Athens c) Corinth d) Smart Ville
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:
Chiron b) Charon c) Charin d)
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
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
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?
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.
promise to make it harder next time!