Greek Mythology Quiz

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Here is a hard Greek Mythology quiz to test your knowledge. The Greek gods and goddesses were a force to be reckoned with when compared to other gods. They governed them in different scenarios according to history leading their people to a lot of success. What do you know about the gods of Olympus and what they did? Take the Greek Mythology Test below and get to find out. All the best!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    How did King Minos die?

    • A.

      Stabbed by a sword

    • B.

      Boiled in a burning bath

    • C.

      Killed by the Minotaur

    • D.

      Eaten by Polyphemus

    • E.

      Died in battle

    Correct Answer
    B. Boiled in a burning bath
    Explanation
    King Minos died by being boiled in a burning bath. This is a reference to the myth of King Minos from Greek mythology. According to the myth, King Minos was the ruler of Crete and had a labyrinth built to imprison the Minotaur, a half-human, half-bull creature. However, King Minos offended the gods, and as a punishment, his wife Pasiphae fell in love with the Minotaur and gave birth to its offspring. In retaliation, the gods caused King Minos to be scalded to death in a boiling bath.

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  • 2. 

    What was Minos's job after he got to the underworld?

    • A.

      The assistant of Hades

    • B.

      Director of the fields of punishment

    • C.

      A judge of the dead

    • D.

      Having to roll a rock up a hill and never getting done

    • E.

      Helper of Charon who rows the dead across the Styx

    Correct Answer
    C. A judge of the dead
    Explanation
    Minos's job after he got to the underworld was to be a judge of the dead. As a judge, he would determine the fate of souls and decide whether they would go to the fields of punishment or be granted a place in the afterlife. This role was significant in the Greek mythology as it ensured that justice was served in the underworld and that the souls were appropriately punished or rewarded based on their actions in life.

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  • 3. 

    Who is the mother of Hermes?

    • A.

      Rhea

    • B.

      Semele

    • C.

      Echidna

    • D.

      Zeus

    • E.

      Maia

    Correct Answer
    E. Maia
    Explanation
    Maia is the correct answer because in Greek mythology, she is known as the mother of Hermes. Maia was a nymph and the daughter of Atlas. She had a brief affair with Zeus, resulting in the birth of Hermes, the messenger of the gods.

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  • 4. 

    Who was the first to ride the Pegasus?

    • A.

      Percy Jackson

    • B.

      Perseus

    • C.

      Pan

    • D.

      Bellerophon

    • E.

      Cronus

    Correct Answer
    D. Bellerophon
    Explanation
    Bellerophon is the correct answer because in Greek mythology, he was the hero who tamed and rode the Pegasus. Bellerophon was known for his bravery and skill, and he was given the task of defeating the Chimera, a fearsome monster. With the help of Pegasus, Bellerophon was able to fly above the monster and defeat it, making him the first to ride the Pegasus.

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  • 5. 

    Who killed Achilles?

    • A.

      Persephone

    • B.

      Athena

    • C.

      Helen

    • D.

      Paris

    • E.

      Cadmus

    Correct Answer
    D. Paris
    Explanation
    Paris is the correct answer because in Greek mythology, Paris is the Trojan prince who killed Achilles. During the Trojan War, Achilles was shot in the heel, his only vulnerable spot, by Paris with an arrow. This act ultimately led to Achilles' death. Persephone, Athena, Helen, and Cadmus are not directly associated with Achilles' death in Greek mythology.

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  • 6. 

    Who was Hercules' wife after he died?

    • A.

      Hera

    • B.

      Hebe

    • C.

      Hestia

    • D.

      Gaea

    • E.

      Athena

    Correct Answer
    B. Hebe
    Explanation
    After Hercules (Heracles in Greek) died, he was granted immortality and married Hebe, the goddess of youth and the daughter of Zeus and Hera. Hebe was known for her beauty and was often depicted as the cupbearer of the gods, serving them nectar and ambrosia. The marriage of Hercules and Hebe was a symbol of his transition from mortal life to the divine realm.

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  • 7. 

    What immortal being gave Medusa snakes for hair and such an ugly appearance that anyone who looked her way would turn to stone?

    • A.

      Zeus

    • B.

      Athena

    • C.

      Hera

    • D.

      Hades

    • E.

      Hermes

    Correct Answer
    B. Athena
    Explanation
    Athena, the goddess of wisdom and warfare, is the immortal being who gave Medusa snakes for hair and an ugly appearance. In Greek mythology, Medusa was a beautiful woman who caught the attention of Poseidon. However, Athena was enraged by this and transformed Medusa into a monster as punishment. The snakes for hair and the power to turn anyone who looked at her into stone were part of this curse. Athena's act serves as a warning against the consequences of vanity and pride.

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  • 8. 

    Who was the mother of Artemis and Apollo?

    • A.

      Rhea

    • B.

      Semele

    • C.

      Hera

    • D.

      Leto

    • E.

      Aphrodite

    Correct Answer
    D. Leto
    Explanation
    Leto was the mother of Artemis and Apollo. In Greek mythology, she was a Titan goddess and the daughter of the Titans Coeus and Phoebe. Leto was known for her beauty and was pursued by Zeus, resulting in her becoming pregnant with his children. However, Hera, Zeus's wife, was jealous and made it difficult for Leto to find a place to give birth. Eventually, Leto found the island of Delos where she gave birth to Artemis and Apollo. Therefore, Leto is the correct answer as she is the mother of both Artemis and Apollo.

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  • 9. 

    Who is the wife of Typhon?

    • A.

      Echidna

    • B.

      Chimera

    • C.

      Nemean Lion

    • D.

      Hera

    • E.

      Gaea

    Correct Answer
    A. Echidna
    Explanation
    In Greek mythology, Typhon, a monstrous serpentine giant and one of the deadliest creatures, is often said to be the mate of Echidna. Echidna is a hybrid creature, typically depicted as a serpent or dragon with the upper body of a woman. Together, Typhon and Echidna became the parents of several other monstrous beings, including the Sphinx, Cerberus, and the Chimera. Echidna is sometimes referred to as the "Mother of All Monsters" due to her role in giving birth to many of the most fearsome creatures in Greek mythology.

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  • 10. 

    Which is the last labor of Hercules?

    • A.

      Taking the apples from the Garden of Hesperides

    • B.

      The Capture of Cerberus

    • C.

      The Killing of the Nemean Lion

    • D.

      Cleaning the dirty stables of King Augeas

    • E.

      The slaying of Geryon

    Correct Answer
    B. The Capture of Cerberus
    Explanation
    The last labor of Hercules was the Capture of Cerberus. Cerberus was a three-headed dog that guarded the entrance to the underworld. Hercules was tasked with bringing Cerberus back to the surface world as part of his twelve labors. He successfully subdued the fearsome beast and returned with him to complete his final labor.

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Jacquelyn VanWeelden |Bachelor of Arts - BA, Religion |
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Jacquelyn VanWeelden holds a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Humanities and Religious Studies as well as a certificate in Multicultural Studies. Her emphasis is in Greek and Roman Mythology and East Asian Religions.
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