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 the fifth generation never rest from in 'Works and Days'?

2. Who does Hesiod write in 'Works and Days' that his brother should sacrifice to?

3. Who, in 'Works and Days', should plow men pray to in order to obtain good crops?

4. In 'Works and Days', what should the slaves do when Orion appears?

5. Why, in 'Works and Days', is it important to choose oxen that are a certain age?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. In 'Works and Days', what should happen when Orion appears?

5. Why, in 'Works and Days', does Hesiod tell his brother he needs a large ship if he becomes a seafarer?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Describe Hesiod's life and works and the achievements he made in his life. What is so important about his works 'Theogony' and 'Works and Days'?

Essay Topic 3

Hesiod writes that the Gods place a great emphasis on work in 'Works and Days.' Why is work a benefit to the Greek Gods? Does Hesiod address this in his work? Should he? Support your conclusions with evidence from the text.

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