Theogony and Works and Days Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the most awful child of Earth and Heaven?

2. What does Hesiod claim in 'Theogony' that Prometheus steals from Zeus?

3. Who does the speaker praise in the beginning of 'Theogony' ?

4. Who rules over the sea?

5. According to 'Theogony', who springs forth from Medusa's wounds?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What prophecy does Cronos learn about his son in 'Theogony'? Describe the situation surrounding Zeus' birth.

3. Who does Hesiod tell the Muses to sing about at the end of 'Theogony'?

4. Who does Hesiod write in 'Theogony' is responsible for putting singers on earth?

5. In 'Theogony', how is it that Ocean's daughter Styx comes to live in the house of Zeus?

6. Name three of the offspring of Thaumas and Electra.

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

8. Who does Hesiod give praise to at the start of 'Theogony'? Who is this person?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the symbolism behind the creation story as a birth process. Why do the Greeks describe creation as a birth where in other traditions the earth, trees, oceans etc. are simply created.

Essay Topic 2

Choose two of the Gods or Goddess Hesiod mentions in his poem. Explain the history of that God or Goddess and how they came to be. Explain why mortals worshiped that particular God or Goddess and what interaction the God or Goddesses had with the mortals, if any.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss two possible conflicts within 'Works and Days' and provide examples from the text that support your position.

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