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From Gaia to Medusa: The Greek Mythology Quiz
by Staff
The Greek myths are thousands of years old, yet they have incredible influence over Western thought and literature. Take a shot at going 30 for 30 on this quiz if you're familiar with these fantastic stories.

What did Prometheus steal from Mount Olympus and give to humankind?

  • Hera
  • ambrosia
  • fire

Who was the first human woman created by the gods?

  • Atalanta
  • Pandora
  • Andromeda

When Jason assembled his crew of Argonauts to go on a quest, what were they seeking?

  • the Golden Fleece
  • the head of Medusa
  • the scepter of Zeus

Who did Jason choose to join him on his quest?

  • prisoners and slaves with nothing to lose
  • the greatest heroes of his era
  • his brothers and sons

Medea, who was Jason's wife at the time of the Golden Fleece quest, is the niece of what goddess?

  • Circe
  • Hestia
  • Nike

What is the Titanomachy?

  • the war between the Titans and their children, the Olympians
  • the infernal machine deep within Tartarus that created the Titans
  • the demiplane where the Titans resided until they were cast into Tartarus

Who is the god of the sea?

  • Apollo
  • Proteus
  • Poseidon

How is Jocasta related to Oedipus?

  • She is his daughter and his wife.
  • She is his sister and his mother.
  • She is his mother and his wife.

Where did the 12 primary Greek gods dwell?

  • on Mount Olympus
  • in Asgard
  • on Mount Othrys

What is the name of the primordial goddess that represents Earth?

  • Gaia
  • Hecate
  • Hera

Who are the parents of the first generation of Titans?

  • Cronus and Phoebe
  • Zeus and Hera
  • Gaia and Uranus

Who abducted Persephone?

  • Hades
  • Heracles
  • Achilles

Why was Achilles, who was otherwise invulnerable to harm, vulnerable to injury of his heel?

  • His sister placed a curse on him so he would forever have to worry about getting shot in the heel.
  • He was invulnerable because his mother dipped him in the River Styx, but she had to hold him by the heel, so that part didn't get dipped.
  • He turned and fled the battle at Troy, and his cowardice broke the spell that gave him his invulnerability. Because he was running away, his heel became his only weakness.

What is the most notable physical trait of the Hekatonkheires?

  • Their arms are where their legs should be, and vice versa.
  • They have ears on their foreheads.
  • They have 100 hands.

The hero Bellerophon rode the winged horse Pegasus to defeat what monster?

  • Medusa
  • the Chimera
  • the Harpies

One of the 12 labors of Heracles was to obtain the girdle of Hippolyta, queen of …

  • the Amazons
  • Athens
  • the Titans

One of Heracles' less glamorous labors was to clean the poop of 1,000 immortal cattle from the Augean stables in a single day. How did he manage it?

  • He gave the cattle a look so stern and intimidating that they stopped pooping and cleaned the stables themselves.
  • He traveled to Hades and procured 1,000 immortal dung beetles, which were able to clear the poop from the stables.
  • He changed the courses of two rivers so that they washed the poop out of the stables.

Different versions of Greek mythology have varying origins for Porphyrion and the other Giants, but the weirdest is that they sprang up when what happened?

  • when 100 mortal heroes melded their bodies together with magical clay
  • when Uranus' blood spilled onto Earth after Cronus castrated him and tossed his genitals away
  • when Gaia learned of Uranus' treachery and cried tears that washed away the land, leaving behind only the hardest rock, which formed the bodies of the Giants

Where was Athena born?

  • at the boundary between Hades and Earth
  • in Athens
  • from Zeus' forehead

Which of these things did Zeus NOT transform himself into to seduce or rape a mortal woman?

  • a swan
  • a dolphin
  • a rain of gold

What monster did Theseus kill?

  • the Minotaur
  • the Sphynx
  • the Phoenix

Why did Theseus' father, Aegeus, kill himself when Theseus returned home?

  • Theseus didn’t put up the proper signal (white sails) to indicate he was alive, so Aegeus killed himself in grief, thinking his son had died.
  • Aegeus had heard a prophecy that the slayer of the Minotaur would eventually kill him as well, and he wanted to prevent the prophecy from coming true to spite the gods.
  • He knew the killing of the Minotaur would anger Zeus, so he killed himself to appease Zeus.

In her most common depiction as goddess of the hunt, Artemis is shown carrying what?

  • a hammer and sickle
  • a bow and arrow
  • the corpse of a wild boar

Which Olympian is the messenger of the gods?

  • Athena
  • Hermes
  • Tethys

Why was the Trojan War fought?

  • because Menelaus wanted to get his wife, Helen, back from Troy
  • because Ares urged Menelaus to fight a great war in his honor
  • because Troy was providing safety and protection to the monster Geryon, which had earlier attacked Sparta

Which two warriors fought a day-long duel at Troy, which was ultimately called off as a draw?

  • Heracles and Bellerophon
  • Ajax and Hector
  • Achilles and Odysseus

How long did it take Odysseus to get back to Ithaca after fighting in the Trojan War?

  • 10 years
  • 20 years
  • 100 years

What is Odysseus' wife's name?

  • Penelope
  • Circe
  • Daphne

Who was cursed with the ability to warn of future events but never be believed and was usually considered insane?

  • Cassandra
  • Athena
  • Cassiopeia

Snake-haired Medusa is the most well-known of the Gorgons, but she had two sisters, Stheno and …

  • Alcyoneus
  • Chrysaor
  • Euryale