1.Why was Venus (a goddess), so jealous of Psyche (a mortal) ?
2. What did Venus tell her son Cupid to do to Psyche?
3. How did Psyche feel about going to meet her destined husband?
4. How did the rest of her family feel?
6. Where was Psyche taken when she went to the hilltop?
7. What was surprising about the atmosphere that she was in and the way that she was treated?
8. How did Psyche's sisters react when they went to visit her and saw all of her wealth?
9. What was the plan that Psyche carried out one evening?
10. Why was she shocked at her findings?
11. Who did her husband turn out to be and what did he do/say when he saw her?
12. Psyche searched everywhere for her husband. Where did she finally find him and what was he doing there?
13. What were the four things that Venus made Psyche do out of bitterness and envy?
14. How did Psyche manage to get them done?
15. ♥ List any archetypal story patterns, situations and characters at this point:
16. Why did Psyche open the box of beauty and what happened when she did?
17. How and why did Psyche become immortal?
18. Was Venus satisfied with this situation? Why or why not?
19. What does the name Psyche mean?
20. ♥♥List any archetypal story patterns, situations and characters at this point: Pyramus and Thisbe:
1. Why couldn't Pyramus and Thisbe marry?
2. What separated them?
3. Where did they arrange to meet?
4. Why did Pyramus think Thisbe was dead?
5. What did Pyramus do after he thought Thisbe was dead?
6. What did Thisbe do when she found Pyramus?
7. What happened to the mulberry tree?
Orpheus and Eurydice:
1. What was Orpheus skilled at?
2. After Orpheus and Eurydice were married, what happened to Eurydice?
3. How did this happen?
4. Where did Orpheus decide to go?
5. What did Orpheus ask?
6. What were the conditions of the agreement?
7. What happened when Orpheus broke the condition?
Pygmalion and Galatea:
1. What was Pygmalion skilled at?
2. What did Pygmalion hate?
3. What did he make a statue of?
4. How did he feel about the statue?
5. Why was the statue making him unhappy?
6. What god/goddess helped Pygmalion?
7. What did Pygmalion ask of the god/goddess?
8. Why did Pygmalion think something favorable would happen?
9. What did he find when he went home?
10 Who did Pygmalion marry? 11. What was her name?
A her and make a long journey across the sea to consult an oracle. was hysterical with grief and worry. She had grown up in the palace of the King of the Winds and knew very well what often happened to ships at sea. When she was sure that he was firm in his determination to make this trip, she begged to be allowed to go with him, Yet, although Ceyx loved Alcyone as much as she loved him, he would not allow it. So he sailed alone.
Baucis and Philemon ask the gods that when they die, they would like to die together. Many years later, in their old age, they are in the middle of a conversation when they notice leaves springing forth from their bodies. They turn into a conjoined tree—a linden and an oak both growing from one trunk.
The gods do sometimes look over and care for humans, even when they do so against other gods. The gods do play favorites.
Scholars cite this story as an example of female independence and power, for Arethusa effectively escapes from the river god with the help of a goddess. Yet again, however, Arethusa becomes water, just the thing over which Alpheus seems to have control.
Once again, natural imagery defines the tale. By connecting Alpheus to spring water, the story effectively places her in the reader's physical world. Spring water (just like hyacinth flowers or an echo) is invoked to remind readers of the tale and the moral it holds.
The short tale of Endymion suggests that the gods do not necessarily know how to successfully solve their problems. The Moon puts a sleep spell on the object of her desire, but this does not quench her desire for him. Being asleep, he is not much of a companion. Her action just increases her feeling of quiet solitude. Knowing this myth, we might look at the moon as a lonely being in the night sky, when most beings are asleep.