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. In 'Works and Days', when does Hesiod tell his brother he should chop wood?

2. What is Hesiod's parting advice in 'Works and Days'?

3. What does Pandora release amongst the mortals when she lifts the lid off her jar?

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

5. What, according to 'Works and Days', are the men in the silver generation like?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

6. Describe the creation of Pandora in 'Works and Days'. Why does Zeus create her?

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

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

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

10. Describe the fifth generation in 'Works and Days'.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

'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?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the differences between omens, superstitions and prophecies. How are they similar? How are they different? Chose one example of each from Hesiod's poem and explain how it fits that definition.

Essay Topic 3

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

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