“Minerva and Arachne” Worksheet by abstraks

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									                              “Minerva and Arachne” Worksheet
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Section A: Summary Details.
Directions—Answer the following questions about the story in COMPLETE SENTENCES with proper
spelling and punctuation.

1. What kind of talents does the Goddess Minerva have?

2. Why was the Goddess Minerva angry with Arachne at the beginning of the story?

3. What was the Goddess Minerva disguised as when she saw Arachne?

4. What was the contest between the Goddess Minerva and Arachne?

5. What did Arachne turn into at the end of the story?


Section B: Character details.
Directions—Compare and contrast the Goddess Minerva and Arachne.

1. How does Minerva differ from Arachne? _______________________________________________________

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2. How are they the same? __________________________________________________________________

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3. How does Arachne differ from Minerva?________________________________________________________

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Section C: Story Analysis.
Directions—Each picture that the two women made have a theme (a main point). Describe the two
pictures, and the theme that each wanted to portray.

Minerva’s Picture:                                       Arachne’s Picture:

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Section D: Topic Sentences.
Directions—Each paragraph has an underlined topic sentence. List details proving that is the topic
sentence.

Example:
        “They proceeded to the contest. Each took her station and attached the web to the beam.
Then the slender shuttle was passed in and out among the threads. The reed with its fine teeth struck
up the woof into its place and compacted the web. Both worked with speed. Their skillful hands moved
rapidly, and the excitement of the contest made the labor light.” Minerva and Arachne, bottom of pg 1.

1.   Each took their station and began to weave their pictures.
2.   The sentences talk about how they wove using the machines.
3.   They both worked fast with their hands.
4.   Because they were excited about the contest, they didn’t think about how hard they had to work.


        “Minerva wrought on her web the scene of her contest with Neptune. Twelve of the heavenly
powers were represented, Jupiter, with August gravity, sitting in the midst. Neptune, the ruler of the
sea, held his trident, and appeared to have just smitten the earth, from which a horse leaped forth.
Minerva depicted herself with helmed head, her shield covering her breast. Such was the central circle;
and in the four corners were represented incidents illustrating the displeasure of the gods at such
presumptuous mortals who dared to contend with them. These were meant as warnings to her rival to
give up the contest before it was too late.” Minerva and Arachne, top of pg. 2.


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        “Arachne filled her web with subjects designedly chosen to exhibit the failings and errors of the
gods. One scene represented Leda caressing the swan, under which form Jupiter had disguised
himself; and another, Danae, in the brazen tower in which her father had imprisoned her, but where the
god made his entrance in the form of a shower of gold. Still another depicted Europa deceived by
Jupiter under the disguise of a bull. Encouraged by the tameness of the animal, Europa ventured to
mount his back, whereupon Jupiter advanced into the sea, and swam wither her to Crete. You would
have thought it was a real bull she was weaving, and so natural did the water look in which Europa
swam. She seemed to look with longing eyes back upon the shore she was leaving, and to call to her
companions for help. She appeared to shudder with terror at the sight of the heaving waves, and to
draw back her feet from the water. Arachne filled her canvas with these and like subjects, wonderfully
well done, but strongly marking her presumption and impiety.” Minerva and Arachne, middle of pg. 2




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