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

2. In 'Works and Days', what does the author ask the Muses of Pieria for?

3. How old does 'Works and Days' say a hired man should be?

4. What, in 'Works and Days', does Hesiod say his brother should avoid in the winter?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the lands of badness and goodness as described in 'Works and Days'.

2. Why, in 'Works and Days', does Hesiod tell his brother to turn his eyes away from his neighbor's riches?

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

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

5. What, in 'Works and Days', does Hesiod accuse his brother of doing?

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

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

8. Who, in 'Works and Days', does Hesiod tell his brother not to trust and why?

9. What is Hesiod's final advice in 'Works and Days' ?

10. At what time of year, in 'Works and Days', does Hesiod say his brother should avoid being outside? When is it alright to be outside?

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

Compare and contrast the creation story in 'Theogony' to that of another creation story of your choosing. How is Greek mythology similar to other creation stories?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the story of the Eagle and the Nightingale. Why does Hesiod include this story in 'Works and Days'? What moral does it teach? Choose two elements of the fable and relate them to the overall theme of the poem.

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