Heracles (Hercules): The Twelve Labors Study Questions
Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.
- Can you name each of the Twelve Labors in order? If so, you are very, very cool. And you deserve to be worshiped like a god.
- Wait, we thought Heracles only had to complete ten labors. Why is everyone talking about the Twelve Labors? What happened?
- Why does Heracles have to complete the Twelve Labors?
- Do you think Heracles should have to atone for killing his children?
- Why does Hera hates Heracles so much?
- Pick a hero from a modern adventure movie. Super heroes, action stars, boy wizards – any will do. Compare and contrast the hero to Heracles. How are they alike? How are they different? Which one do you like better and why?
- Which story of Heracles is your favorite? Why do you like it so much?
- Was there ever a time when you think Heracles acted un-heroically? Why do you think so?
- Who is the biggest hero in your life? How does that person compare to Heracles?
- What are Heracles' most heroic traits?
- Do you think all of the monsters and men that Heracles killed deserved to die? Explain your answer.
- If a guy like Heracles was Greece's greatest hero, what do you think that says about their culture? What did they value in human beings? What did they strive to be like?