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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 do Ceto and Phrocys give birth to?

2. Who gives birth to Doom, Fate, Death and Sleep?

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

4. How does Hesiod explain in 'Theogony' that Aphrodite is formed?

5. Who is the speaker of 'Theogony'?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Hesiod ask the Muses to tell him about in 'Theogony'?

3. Who gives birth to the Titans in 'Theogony' and why are they given that name?

4. Who, according to 'Theogony', is the first entity to come into the world?

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

6. Name three of the offspring of Strife.

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

8. Describe Medusa and her death according to 'Theogony'.

9. Which God is responsible for holding up the heavens?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Who is the audience Hesiod attempts to address in 'Works and Days' ? Why is it important for a writer to keep his or her audience in mind when creating a piece of art?

Essay Topic 3

'Theogony' opens quite eloquently but ends abruptly. Discuss the start and conclusion of 'Theogony' and whether these are effective opening and closings. Why or why not?

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