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1. Jason and the Argonauts sought the Golden Fleece of a ram. What constellation represents this ram?
2. During one of Heracles's labors, Hera sent a creature to distract him. Heracles stepped on this animal, killing it. For its efforts, Hera placed it in the sky. What is this creature?
3. One constellation depicts a rather unusual sacrifice that a woman made for the safe return of her husband from war. Which one of the following represents the hair that Queen Berenice cut off?
4. Apollo sent a crow to fetch water in a vase. Rather than coming back with water, the crow Corvus returned with a creature in its claws; disappointed, Apollo put the crow, the cup, and the creature into the sky. What mythological creature did Corvus bring back instead of water?
5. Many myths are associated with Scorpio. In one story, the scorpion was sent to kill the hunter who pursued the Pleaides nymphs. The scorpion succeeded, and the hunter and the scorpion were placed in the sky as far apart as possible so that there would be no more trouble between them. Which hunter does Scorpio still chase across the sky?
6. In one famous story, Perseus saved Andromeda, daughter of Cepheus and Cassiopeia, from being eaten by Cetus. He did this by turning Cetus to stone with the severed head of the Gorgon Medusa. When Perseus beheaded Medusa, a winged mythological creature came out of the blood. What creature sprang forth?
7. According to one myth, Aphrodite and Eros transformed into animals and jumped into a river to escape from a monster. So that they wouldn't lose each other, they tied their tails together. What constellation represents these two?
8. In one myth, this constellation represents the god who brought civilization from the sea to the land. In another, it portrays a god who tried to transform underwater. The half of him under the water changed into a fish, but the half above remained a goat. Who is it?
9. Castor and Pollux were twins--one was mortal, the other immortal. When Castor died, Pollux asked Zeus to make his twin immortal. To honor this request, Zeus placed the two of them in the sky together. What constellation did they become?
10. This constellation depicts, according to different ancient civilizations, the goddess of fertility, the goddess of justice, and a virgin. In books, she is sometimes shown holding Libra, the scales, in her hand. Who is she?
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