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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Apollo and the Muses give a gift to humans in 'Theogony'? Why did they give this gift?
(a) To end sorrow.
(b) To give them knowledge.
(c) To entertain them.
(d) To make beauty.

2. In 'Theogony', how does Zeus say men who will do not marry will be punished?
(a) They will be marked with a curse.
(b) They will live forever.
(c) They will have no one to take care of them.
(d) They will die a cruel death.

3. Who gives birth to Aether and Day?
(a) Zeus and Hera.
(b) Chaos and Night.
(c) Erebus and Night.
(d) Earth and Eros.

4. What prophecy do Heaven and Earth tell Cronus about in 'Theogony'?
(a) That he will be overthrown by his daughter.
(b) That he will rule the gods.
(c) That he will live forever.
(d) That he will be overthrown by his son.

5. Who is the Titans creator?
(a) Earth.
(b) Heaven.
(c) Chaos.
(d) Eros.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who gives birth to Zeus' first child?

2. Who is the first of Ocean's children to help Zeus fight the Titans in 'Theogony'?

3. In 'Theogony', what does Atlas hold?

4. Who gives birth to the Cyclopes?

5. In 'Theogony', how long do Zeus and Mnemosyne lay together prior to conceiving the Muses?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Hesiod's poem 'Theogony', how does Aphrodite come into being?

2. Who gives birth to Cronos? Describe Cronos' personality.

3. Hesiod writes about the different generations in 'Works and Days'. Describe the third generation.

4. Which children does Heaven hate in 'Theogony'? Where does she hide those children?

5. Name three of the offspring of Strife.

6. Why does Zeus punish Prometheus in 'Theogony' and what is the punishment?

7. What revenge does Earth take upon Heaven in 'Theogony'? What happens as a result of this revenge?

8. What does 'Works and Days' suggest a good man listens to?

9. According to 'Works and Days', at what age should an ox be when bought and why?

10. Describe the fifth generation in 'Works and Days'.

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