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Question 1) The creation story contained in chapter 1–chapter 2:4 of the book of Genesis (Hebrew Bible) is a popular example of a religious account of primal origins (the Greek word Genesis means ‘origin’ or ‘beginning’ and is a translation of the Hebrew word Bereshit, which is literally the first word of the Bible). In fact, while answering some questions, this creation story tends to give rise to many others.

Having first read the account [you can access this in the On-line Bible,] what interesting details do you notice in this particular author’s story of the creation of the world? Try to list some specific items from the text.

What do you think the author was trying to say about God by describing creation in this way?

Why does it take God six days to make everything? Why does God need to ‘rest’ on the Seventh Day?

What other interesting things are implied about the ancient Hebrew view of God in this story of creation? [please cite specific examples from the text in your answer.]

Remember not to read beyond verse 4 in chapter 2. That is where the first creation story ends.

Your response to this question must be a minimum of 200 words

Answer four of the following questions:

1. Agamemnon says he is not to blame for his conflict with Achilles because he is cursed by fate and the gods. Do you agree or disagree? Why?

2. Is there an ethics of war in The Iliad? Are the deaths of Dolon and Hector ethical? Why or why not?

3. Is Achilles responsible for the death of Patroclus? Why or why not?

4. Is Helen the same character in The Iliad that she is in The Odyssey? What do you think of Euripides’ interpretation of Helen?

5. Why do you think the story of the wandering hero like Odysseus has been so popular over the centuries? What are some examples?

6. Why does Odysseus spend so much time on the island of Calypso? Has he forgotten about his wife, Penelope?

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