Theogony and Works and Days Test | Final 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. What temperature, does Hesiod write in 'Works and Days', his brother should avoid?

2. How close is the land of goodness?

3. How do the third generation, in 'Works and Days', become spirits?

4. What does a good servant do during plow time according to 'Works and Days'?

5. What size ship should his brother use if he chooses seafaring, writes Hesiod?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe what happens in the summertime in the poem 'Works and Days'.

2. In 'Works and Days', why does Hesiod say sailing is best 50 days after the solstice?

3. Describe the fourth generation as written about in 'Works and Days'.

4. In 'Works and Days', what are the two types of strife according to Hesiod?

5. Describe the silver generation in 'Works and Days'.

6. Who, according to 'Works and Days', reports to Zeus about the behavior of men?

7. What, according to 'Works and Days', should be avoided during the harvest time?

8. What does Hesiod tell his brother in 'Works and Days', the Gods detest?

9. Who does Hesiod ask for help in writing the poem 'Works and Days' ?

10. What happens when Orion and Sirius enter mid-heaven according to Hesiod's 'Works and Days'?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

What is the relationship between Gods and mortals in Greek mythology? Compare and contrast this relationship with another religion you are familiar with.

Essay Topic 3

Explore the central theme in either 'Theogony' or 'Works and Days' . Describe how Hesiod demonstrates this theme in his work and the message the theme conveys.

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