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Io Study Questions

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  1. Is Hera right to punish Io the way she does? Why, or why not?
  2. Click here to learn more about Zeus's other seductions. How do they compare to the story of Io?
  3. Why do you think Zeus chooses to transform Io into a white cow specifically? What do you think the significance of that might be?
  4. Probably the most famous Greek hero to suffer because of the jealousy of Hera is Heracles, Zeus's son by a mortal lady named Alcmene. Check out what evil plots Hera whipped up for Heracles and his mom, and then compare and contrast the tale of Heracles with Io's story.
  5. Does your opinion of Zeus change when he finally stands up for Io in the end? Explain your answer.
  6. Was it right of Hermes to chop off Argus' head? Why, or why not?

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