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Questions and activities for Hesiod Reading Lines 42-155


Directions: Read the day’s assignment. Here are some questions to keep in mind as you are discussing:
- What lesson is Hesiod trying to teach his reader?

- What sorts of examples does he use to make his point?

- What does this selection tell you about the way that the Greeks thought of their gods?
Only you have finished reading, answer the following questions using the “Comment” feature of Microsoft Word.
Hesiod: Works ands Days lines 42-155.
1. What do you think Hesiod meant when he wrote that the Gods “keep hidden from men the means of life?” What does this statement have to do with the story of Prometheus which follows?
2. Hesiod attributes the following statement to Zeus. “But I will give men as the price for fire an evil thing in which they may all be glad of heart while they embrace their own destruction.” What is the “evil thing” he refers to? How will this gift to man punish Prometheus?
3. Which gods helped Zeus in this creation? What were their individual contributions?
4. How well did Zeus’s plan work? Explain the effects of his creation on mankind. Choose a passage that supports your point.
5. Most Greek tales have a point, or moral. What do you think is the moral of the story of Pandora? Explain why you think so.
6. According to the Hesiod reading, how capable was mankind of honoring the gods properly? Why?
7. According to this reading, whose fault is it that mankind makes mistakes? And how do you think this affected the way that the Greeks viewed their gods?

PART II. Hesiod Questions - Lines 156-381


Remember to think about the following as you read:
- What lesson is Hesiod trying to teach his reader?

- What sorts of examples does he use to make his point?



- What does this selection tell you about the way that the Greeks thought of their gods?


  1. Briefly describe each of the five generations of man.




  1. Which generation is most appealing to you? Why?




  1. What similarities between Hesiod and Genensis can you find in the description of the first generation?




  1. Read the “fable for princes who themselves understand” (line 202ish). Does
    Hesiod ultimately agree with this fable? Explain.




  1. What advice is Hesiod giving to Perses (and rulers in general), (line 215ish)? Give three specific textual examples. Is this good advice? Why or why not?




  1. What does Hesiod mean when he says “If your heart within your heart desires wealth, do these things and work with work upon work”?




  1. How does Hesiod’s depiction of Zeus differ from Ovid’s? Which do you prefer? Why?


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