About the National Mythology Exam

The National Mythology Exam

EXAM ADMINISTRATION:
Monday February 19 - March 2, 2018

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: January 15, 2018
The most prominent undertaking of Excellence Through Classics is the National Mythology Exam. Since 1989, the exam has been offered to students in elementary, intermediate, and middle school grades three through nine. The NME is consistently given to over 10,000 students in approximately 400 schools around the United States and in several foreign countries.


CONTENT OF THE 2018 NATIONAL MYTHOLOGY EXAM

The theme for the 2017-2018 National Mythology Exam will be ‘Ancient Beginnings’.
The National Mythology Exam 2018 will include the following:​
Grades 3-4 take the basic 30-item exam on Greek and Roman mythology;

Grade 5 takes the basic 30-item exam AND 10 questions on the theme (Ancient Beginnings);

Grades 6-9 take the basic 30-item exam AND 10 questions on the theme (Ancient Beginnings) 
AND a 10 question sub-test of their choice from one the following: Iliad, Odyssey, Aeneid, Native American tales, African tales, or Norse Mythology;

Grades 10-12 take the basic 30-item exam AND 10 questions on the theme (Ancient Beginnings) 
AND a 10 question sub-test of their choice from one the following: Iliad, Odyssey, or Aeneid.

 

The National Mythology Exam welcomes all students of mythology. The NME is open to students at all schools - public, private, and home.

 

The 2018 National Mythology Exam Bibliography lists all required sources

 

The list of all National Mythology Exam topics through 2016


Materials on Greek and Roman mythology may be found in: d'Aulaire, Ingri and Edgar, d'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths, New York, Doubleday and Co., 1962, and (for more advanced students) in Guerber, H. A. The Myths of Greece and Rome, New York, Dover Publications, Inc., 1993. Both are available from the American Classical League's Teaching Materials and Resource Center by clicking on the title.

Materials for the Native American tales may be found in: Erdoes, Richard and Alfonso Ortiz, American Indian Myths and Legends, New York, Pantheon Books, 1984. 

Materials for the African tales may be found in: Tales from Africa, retold by Kathleen Arnott, published by Oxford Univ. Press, 2000.

Materials for the Norse myths may be found in d'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths, 2005. 

They receive a complete bibliography to use in preparing their students for the exam. Additionally, ETC has available for purchase an activity packet with camera-ready activities designed to reinforce the concepts and information included in the test.

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REGISTRATION DEADLINE: January 15, 2018

If you have more questions, contact the Myth Exam Chair, Andrea Weiskopf

Sources and Materials for Study:
The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the NASSP National Advisory List of Contests and Activities for 2017-2018.

Print your own Certificates of Participation for all of your students. Show your students that you appreciate the hard work they put in when preparing for the test