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King Midas

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King Midas

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Why did Silenus make the bargain with King Midas?
    • A. 

      Silenus enjoyed spending time in Midas's garden.

    • B. 

      Silenus wanted to brag about his many adventures.

    • C. 

      Silenus was afraid of King Midas.

    • D. 

      Silenus knew his master would be angry with him.

  • 2. 
    Midas receives the golden touch
    • A. 

      As a reward for taking care of Silenus.

    • B. 

      As a punishment for being lazy.

    • C. 

      As a repayment for money he is owed.

    • D. 

      As a result of his heroism.

  • 3. 
    Why does Midas want everything he touches to turn to gold?
    • A. 

      He is poor and wants to enrich his kingdom.

    • B. 

      He believes that riches will make him powerful.

    • C. 

      He needs to satisfy his daughter's demands for gifts.

    • D. 

      He wants to test the promise made to him by Dionysus.

  • 4. 
    Based on the description of Midas in the story's beginning, readers can reasonably conclude that he
    • A. 

      Appreciates his wealth.

    • B. 

      Is not satisfied with his wealth.

    • C. 

      Wants a larger family.

    • D. 

      Thinks he is a powerful king.

  • 5. 
    What characteristic describes Midas at the end of the story?
    • A. 

      Greedy

    • B. 

      Selfish

    • C. 

      Content

    • D. 

      Sorrowful

  • 6. 
    The irony Kind Midas faces is that
    • A. 

      His newfound power turns out to be a horrible curse.

    • B. 

      His daughter's behavior is very troubling.

    • C. 

      Dionysus actually prefers silver to gold.

    • D. 

      Greed turns out to be what saves Midas from the curse.

  • 7. 
    Which sentence best states the irony in the story  of King Midas?
    • A. 

      Midas discovers a satyr asleep in the garden.

    • B. 

      Midas is rewarded with the golden touch.

    • C. 

      Midas comes to hate what he once desired.

    • D. 

      Midas washes himself in a swift-running river.

  • 8. 
    As a sign that the golden touch has been taken away,
    • A. 

      Midas's daughter is restored to life.

    • B. 

      Dionysus prepares a feast for the king.

    • C. 

      Midas's kingdom becomes happy and prosperous.

    • D. 

      Silenus falls asleep under the rose bush.

  • 9. 
    Who is sleeping in the king's garden?
    • A. 

      Dionysus

    • B. 

      The gardener's son

    • C. 

      The gardener

    • D. 

      Silenus

  • 10. 
    This myth is mainly about
    • A. 

      The love of family.

    • B. 

      The power of a king.

    • C. 

      The foolishness of greed.

    • D. 

      The power of the gods.

  • 11. 
    • A. 

      To test Midas's wisdom.

    • B. 

      Midas took care of the satyr.

    • C. 

      So Midas would owe him a favor.

    • D. 

      Because Dionysus was fond of Midas.

  • 12. 
    What will Midas probably do after the story ends?
    • A. 

      Ask Dionysus for more wishes.

    • B. 

      Look for other sources of gold.

    • C. 

      Be happy with what he has.

    • D. 

      Punish Silenus for the trouble he caused.

  • 13. 
    Which incident leads Midas to regret his wish?
    • A. 

      Wading into the swift river.

    • B. 

      Listening to the stories of Silenus.

    • C. 

      Turning his daughter to gold.

    • D. 

      Finding that he turned even his drink and food to gold.

  • 14. 
    Which is the main purpose of this myth?
    • A. 

      To tell and exciting story

    • B. 

      To give readers information

    • C. 

      To teach a moral lesson

    • D. 

      To solve a mystery

  • 15. 
    What is the setting at the beginning of this myth?
    • A. 

      The palace of Dionysus

    • B. 

      The river of Pactolus

    • C. 

      The palace garden of King Midas

    • D. 

      Silenus's garden

  • 16. 
    "Midas had a loving wife and a daughter he adored, but he was still discontented.  He wanted to be the most powerful king in the world; he wanted everyone to envy him."pg. 560What is the meaning of the word discontented as it is used in the above passage?
    • A. 

      Noble

    • B. 

      Loving

    • C. 

      Embarrassed

    • D. 

      Unsatisfied

  • 17. 
    Which of the following best shows the irony of Midas's wish?
    • A. 

      "Forgive my stupid greed!" he begged. pg. 561

    • B. 

      "If I can not eat or drink I shall die!" pg. 561

    • C. 

      "He went from bush to bush, touching all the blooms, until the entire garden had turned to gold." pg. 561

    • D. 

      "Dionysus told him to find the river Pactolus and wash himself in its waters." pg. 561

  • 18. 
    King Midas said, "'I shall send word to your master at once.'  Silenus began to look worried, for his mater was the god Dionysus, who was not only powerful but also quick tempered." pg. 561Why does Silenus begin to worry?
    • A. 

      Silenus knows that Dionysus will be angered by his recent actions and may use his powers against him.

    • B. 

      Silenus knows that Dionysus and King Midas are good friends, and he will agree with King Midas about the inappropriate actions of the satyr.

    • C. 

      Silenus knows that Dionysus will be angry with him, but thinks he can talk his way out of trouble with the god.

    • D. 

      Silenus knows that Dionysus is very powerful and will punish King Midas for yelling at the favored satyr.

  • 19. 
    Why does King Midas want the ability to turn things to gold?
    • A. 

      He thinks gold items are pretty.

    • B. 

      He wants to put everything of e-bay and get cash for it.

    • C. 

      He believes the power will make him an equal to the gods.

    • D. 

      He wants to be the wealthiest and most powerful king in the world.

  • 20. 
    Irony is present in the story because
    • A. 

      What Midas wanted most of all was to be the wealthiest and most powerful King ever.

    • B. 

      What Midas expected to happen really did happen.

    • C. 

      What Midas expected to happen and what did happen were very different.

    • D. 

      What Midas wanted was granted, but the wealth was not enough; he wanted more power.

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