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 trade does Hesiod offer to teach his brother in 'Works and Days'?

2. What do the race of men created by Cronos enjoy in 'Works and Days'

3. Hesiod writes about a fable in 'Works and Days'. What bird is Hesiod's fable about?

4. What will happen to those that judge straight according to 'Works and Days'?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. When will the Gods ignore a mortals prayers according to 'Works and Days'?

5. Who does Hesiod address 'Works and Days' to?

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

7. What does Prometheus steal from Zeus to give to mortals in 'Works and Days'?

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

9. Who should farmers pray to in order to increase their grain supply?

10. Describe the golden generation as written about in 'Works and Days'.

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

Discuss the literary term voice and how it is used in 'Theogony'. Who is the voice in this poem and is it an effective choice?

Essay Topic 3

Describe Zeus' role amongst the Gods. Why is Zeus the father of all Gods? Choose one time in Hesiod's poem that Zeus is mentioned. What role does Zeus play in that poem and why is that role important?

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