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Word Origins From Mythology
"Some mythical characters have worked their way into everyday language"
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A 'midas touch' refers to ...?
Ability to make money
The word 'narcissism' implies ...?
A pledge of poverty
A 'herculean' task is one that is ...?
Performed before a huge audience
Of a noble nature
Performed while blindfolded
Extremely difficult to perform
Something that is 'mercurial' is ... ?
Inexpensive or cheap
Changeable or volatile
Opulent or gaudy
Deceptive or difficult to understand
In 'The Raven', Poe refers to a 'plutonian' shore. To what is he referring?
The world of dreams
The distant future
A person who is described as a Gorgon is ...?
All-seeing and all-knowing
Extremely ugly and frightening
Incapable of cowardice
Of advanced age
A 'cassandra' is a person who ...?
Is irresistible to the opposite sex
Enjoys the waging of war
Is incapable of sleep
Has the power of prophecy, but is never believed
Someone who is a 'Janus' or 'Janus-faced' is ...?
'Procrustean' tactics are those that ...?
Rely on the goodwill of others
Compel compliance by using force
Cause others to feel guilty
Employ subtlety and seduction
The description of a person as 'protean' suggests someone who is ...?
Changeable and varied
Greedy and superficial
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