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', what does Hesiod say his brother should build in the summer?

2. What does the fifth generation never rest from in 'Works and Days'?

3. In 'Works and Days', what does plowing too late in the season result in?

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

5. What animal marks the time for plowing?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What happens when Pandora opens her box?

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

10. What does Prometheus steal from Zeus to give to mortals 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 concept of prophesy and how it is used in 'Theogony'. Is it possible to change a prophesy? Site examples from the poem to help your argument.

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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