Pandora's Treasure Chest
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Read the following Greek Myth and answer the questions at the bottom. Make sure to print a copy of the assignment.


For many years Man lived in peace and comfort on earth. But Zeus never forgot his anger toward Man for accepting Apollo's fire from Prometheus (pru mee' thee us). It bothered Zeus to see Man so carefree and happy. He decided to punish him

Zeus called upon the gods to create yet another human being, the first woman. Aphrodite gave her great beauty, and Athena dressed her in flowing, graceful robes. Apollo taught her love of music. Hermes gave her the gift of curiosity. The gods named the woman Pandora (pan dor' a), which means All-Gifted. They did their job well. Pandora was so lovely that even the gods stood in awe of her. Before putting her on earth, Zeus gave Pandora another gift. It was a beautiful treasure chest, but Pandora was warned never to open it.

Pandora was then taken to live on earth with Epimetheus (ep u mee' thee us), Prometheus's brother. They were happy for many years, but Pandora could not stop thinking about the treasure chest. After all, it was a gift from the gods. Who could tell what wonders it might contain? She tried to keep from peeking inside, but each day she grew more and more curious. Finally Pandora could not hold back any longer. She lifted the lid of the chest.

A foul smell quickly filled the room. Pandora hid her head as an ugly black cloud of unspeakable monsters floated above her. She wept in horror as she realized what she had done. This treasure chest was not filled with gold and jewels. Instead, it contained Disease, War, Famine, Death, Greed, and Pain. All the evils that could befall Man were now released to the world. In an awful instant, Pandora knew that the earth would never again be a peaceful place to live.

As the dark cloud drifted away, Pandora noticed a soft glow coming from the chest. She looked closer. Among the evils the gods had sent, there had been one true gift. It was Hope.

Pandora took it out and let its warmth fill the room. She began to feel better. She knew that the world would still be full of pain and suffering, but at least now man would always have Hope.

Write what these sentences from the story mean.

1. Pandora was so lovely that even the gods stood in awe of her.



2. All the evils that could befall Man were now released to the world. In an awful instant, Pandora knew that the earth would never again be a peaceful place to live.



3. She knew that the world would sbll be full of pain and suffering, but at least now Man would always have Hope.



4. What is so special about Hope? Why was it called a true gift?



5. Prometheus, not Man, stole the fire from Apollo. Why do you think that Zeus wanted to punish Man?



6. How did Zeus know that Pandora would one day opeil the treasure chest? What clues does the story give you?



7. Does the story of Pandora mean anything to us today? Do you think that Hope is still important? Why?



8. What do you think our world would be like without Hope? Would our lives be easier or more difficult?