The Story Of Icarus

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  • 1. 

    Why was King Minos angry at Daedalus?

    • A.

      He thought Daedalus had stolen gold.

    • B.

      He thought Daedalus had something to do with the death of the Minotaur.

    • C.

      He thought Daedalus had caused his wife to leave him.

    Correct Answer
    B. He thought Daedalus had something to do with the death of the Minotaur.
    Explanation
    King Minos was angry at Daedalus because he believed that Daedalus had some involvement in the death of the Minotaur. This anger could stem from the fact that the Minotaur was a creature born from King Minos' wife and a bull, and it was kept in the labyrinth designed by Daedalus. As the architect of the labyrinth, Daedalus was suspected of aiding in the Minotaur's demise, leading to King Minos' anger towards him.

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  • 2. 

    What island or country was King Minos governing?

    • A.

      Greece

    • B.

      Turkey

    • C.

      Crete

    Correct Answer
    C. Crete
    Explanation
    King Minos was governing the island of Crete. Crete is an island located in the eastern Mediterranean Sea and is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands. In Greek mythology, King Minos was a legendary ruler of Crete and was known for his wisdom and justice. He was also associated with the famous labyrinth and the Minotaur, a mythical creature that lived in the labyrinth. Therefore, based on historical and mythological references, it can be concluded that King Minos was governing Crete.

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  • 3. 

    What was unique about the palace where the Minotaur lived?

    • A.

      It was made up of an elaborate maze.

    • B.

      It had an interior hot spring pool.

    • C.

      It was hidden in the hills of Greece.

    Correct Answer
    A. It was made up of an elaborate maze.
    Explanation
    The unique aspect of the palace where the Minotaur lived was that it was made up of an elaborate maze. This suggests that the palace was not a typical structure but rather a complex network of interconnected paths and corridors. This maze-like design would have made it difficult for anyone to navigate through the palace, adding to the mystery and danger associated with the Minotaur's dwelling.

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  • 4. 

    What did King Minos do to punish Daedalus?

    • A.

      He put him on a slave ship to Phoenicia.

    • B.

      He shut him up in the Minotaur's palace.

    • C.

      He had Daedalus executed.

    Correct Answer
    B. He shut him up in the Minotaur's palace.
    Explanation
    King Minos punished Daedalus by shutting him up in the Minotaur's palace. This punishment was a result of Daedalus helping Theseus, the son of King Aegeus, to defeat the Minotaur and escape from the labyrinth. By imprisoning Daedalus in the Minotaur's palace, King Minos ensured that Daedalus would face the wrath of the Minotaur, a terrifying creature that was half-human and half-bull. This punishment was a cruel and fitting consequence for Daedalus' actions in aiding Theseus.

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  • 5. 

    What did Daedalus think of doing to escape the prison palace?

    • A.

      Tie a thread to the entryway to find his way out.

    • B.

      Create wings with birds' feathers to soar out.

    • C.

      Hire a secret passage on a Cretan ship.

    Correct Answer
    B. Create wings with birds' feathers to soar out.
    Explanation
    Daedalus thought of creating wings with birds' feathers to soar out of the prison palace. This option suggests that he planned to use the wings to fly and escape from the prison.

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  • 6. 

    What did Daedalus make his son Icarus promise him before they took off?

    • A.

      To stay close to his father.

    • B.

      To fly as low as possible near the sea.

    • C.

      To fly as high as possible near the sun.

    Correct Answer
    A. To stay close to his father.
    Explanation
    Daedalus made his son Icarus promise to stay close to him before they took off. This is evident from the myth of Daedalus and Icarus, where Daedalus warns Icarus not to fly too close to the sun or too close to the sea. The answer choice "To stay close to his father" aligns with this warning and emphasizes the importance of staying together for their safety during their flight.

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  • 7. 

    What caused Icarus to fall?

    • A.

      He was shot down by an arrow from King Minos' men.

    • B.

      He became lost and eventually was too tired to keep flying.

    • C.

      The sun melted the wax holding the feathers to the wings.

    Correct Answer
    C. The sun melted the wax holding the feathers to the wings.
    Explanation
    Icarus fell because the sun melted the wax holding the feathers to the wings. The wax was the adhesive that kept the feathers attached to the wings, allowing Icarus to fly. However, as he flew closer to the sun, the intense heat caused the wax to melt, resulting in the feathers detaching from the wings. Without the feathers, Icarus lost his ability to fly and subsequently fell.

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