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Persephone, Demeter, and Hades Study Questions

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  1. What type of seeds does Persephone eat? (Hint: Think of the anti-oxidant craze. Nope, not goji berries. Sorry, not açaí either.)
  2. How does Demeter react when she finds out what happened to Persephone?
  3. Who does Zeus send to broker a deal with Demeter?
  4. What are the consequences of Persephone eating the seeds?
  5. Is it fair what happens to Persephone? Why, or why not?
  6. Do you think the end of this story is meant to be a "happy ending"? Why, or why not?
  7. What, if anything, does Persephone gain from her marriage?
  8. Compare and contrast this myth with the tale of "Venus and Adonis."
  9. How does this myth reflect the role of women in Greek society?
  10. Research the Eleusinian Mysteries. How was this myth reflected in those rituals?

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