Daedalus and Icarus Study Questions
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- Why does Daedalus come to Crete to begin with? Is it his own fault?
- What are a few of Daedalus' most famous inventions? Which do you think is (or was) the most useful? How about the wackiest?
- Ancient Greek writers give two possible reasons for why King Minos becomes so angry with Daedalus. Can you name them? Which makes more sense?
- What materials did Daedalus use to craft his famous wings? If someone gave you wings made out of these materials, would you use them?
- Why did Daedalus tell Icarus to fly at a middle height? Was he being sensible, or an overly protective parent?
- Is it better to play it safe or to try to achieve your loftiest, craziest goals? What about this story helps you answer that?
- After Daedalus and Icarus take off, who sees them from the ground? What would you do if you saw a similar sight in the sky?
- How does Daedalus react when Icarus dies? Does he have an appropriate reaction for a father losing a son?
- Why do you think Daedalus decides to build a temple after his son dies? Have you ever distracted yourself from bad news with a big project?
- In your opinion, is there anything Daedalus could have done differently to prevent Icarus' death?
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