Pandora's Box - Fiction (Grade 8)

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Pandora's Box - Fiction

Pandora kept as busy as possible, knowing that idle hands could be dangerous. Despite her long list of household chores, she could not help but constantly glance back at the jar sitting under the window. Zeus had given it to her and her husband, Epimetheus, but had forbidden either of them to ever open it or else suffer his wrath. Epimetheus had made a solemn vow to obey.

Curiosity was consuming Pandora; she spent countless hours pondering what could possibly fit inside such a small jar and why it was so important the most powerful god had specifically instructed them to leave it sealed. Would it be acceptable to quickly peek inside, and then slam the lid down before Epimetheus or Zeus found out about it? It seemed like a reasonable compromise to Pandora.

Looking around to ensure her obedient husband was nowhere in sight, Pandora silently crept over and forcefully pried the tight lid from the mysterious jar. As she lifted, a horrible screeching sound emanated from inside, and hideous creatures of multiple sizes and shapes flew out. Pandora frantically pushed the lid back down, but it was too late: sickness, war, hate, and fear had entered the world. Zeus' advice had been for the best; this jar should never have been opened.
What does the author of the passage most likely mean by the phrase "idle hands could be dangerous"?
  1. Being lazy could get you in trouble with the gods.
  2. Not keeping busy can lead to trouble and curiosity.
  3. The jar was tempting Pandora to ignore her chores.
  4. Zeus would be disappointed in her if she didn't work hard.
What will Zeus most likely do when he finds out about Pandora's actions?
  1. Ignore her
  2. Talk to her
  3. Punish her
  4. Lecture her
Which word best describes Pandora?
  1. clumsy
  2. courageous
  3. cautious
  4. curious
What does the passage suggest about Pandora's husband?
  1. He would never have opened the box - no matter what.
  2. He was just as curious as Pandora.
  3. He worked hard to provide for his family.
  4. He would be punished for Pandora's actions.
Choose the answer that best replaces the word(s) in parentheses.

Pandora was afraid of Zeus' (violent anger), so she avoided opening the box at first.
  1. wrath
  2. disposition
  3. predicament
  4. ritual
Which word best describes Pandora?
  1. clumsy
  2. courageous
  3. cautious
  4. curious
What does the passage suggest about Pandora's husband?
  1. He would never have opened the box - no matter what.
  2. He was just as curious as Pandora.
  3. He worked hard to provide for his family.
  4. He would be punished for Pandora's actions.
Choose the answer that best replaces the word(s) in parentheses.

Pandora was afraid of Zeus' (violent anger), so she avoided opening the box at first.
  1. wrath
  2. disposition
  3. predicament
  4. ritual

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