The Odyssey, Part I
Contributed by: Caves

  • 1. Which of the following do the men NOT do on the island of Ismarus?
A) plunder their goods
B) forget about their home
C) slaughter the cattle
D) enslave the women
  • 2. Why does Odysseus think that they were defeated by the Cicones?
A) they were not in Zeus' favor
B) the Cicones were angry at them for plundering their island
C) they weren't as strong
D) they were tired and hungry after traveling
  • 3. What is Odysseus feeling while being held captive by Calypso?
A) anger at his crew for wanting to stay
B) relaxation from being worry-free
C) nothing
D) longings for home
  • 4. In the beginning of "The Lotus Eaters," what keeps Odysseus from reaching home?
A) a sea monster
B) his crew
C) the East, North, and South winds
D) the current in the ocean
  • 5. What happens to the crew members who eat the lotus?
A) they die
B) they kill themselves
C) the forget about home
D) they turn into swine
  • 6. What type of figurative language is used in the description of dawn coming "with ringlets shining"?
A) hyperbole
B) personification
C) imagery
D) metaphor
  • 7. Why does Odysseus not kill Polyphemus when he first gets the opportunity to do so?
A) He knew he would feel guilty.
B) Polyphemus was sleeping.
C) He was afraid of Polyphemus' power.
D) They needed Polyphemus to move the boulder.
  • 8. What does Odysseus do to escape from Polyphemus?
A) He exited the cave with the rams.
B) He tied himself to the belly of a sheep.
C) He stabbed him in the eye.
D) All of these.
  • 9. What lessons could people today learn from the Cyclops episode?
A) Think before you act.
B) Take responsibility for your actions.
C) Don't get trapped in a cave with a monster.
D) Tell others about your accomplishments.
  • 10. Insidious means:
A) holds dear
B) in a sad and lonely state
C) characterized by treachery
D) finished quickly
  • 11. What does the ghost of Elpenor request of Odysseus?
A) that he go home
B) that he pray to Zeus
C) that he leave the cattle alone
D) that Odysseus bury him
  • 12. What does Tiresias foretell?
A) They will encounter the cattle of Helios.
B) Poseidon will seek revenge for stabbing Polyphemus.
C) If the cattle are harmed, Odysseus' crew will be destroyed.
D) All of these
  • 13. How did Odysseus react upon the sight of his mother?
A) He shakes her hand.
B) He doesn't look at her.
C) He hugs her.
D) He openly grieves.
  • 14. What does Odysseus' crew do to him so that he can resist the Sirens' song?
A) They tie him up.
B) They send him to bed.
C) They put beeswax over their ears.
D) They send him under the deck.
  • 15. A squall washed the ship ashore. What does squall mean?
A) enormous
B) goods taken by force
C) a violent storm
D) a strong wind
  • 16. What does Odysseus use to protect his crew from the Sirens' song?
A) beeswax
B) earplugs
C) rope
D) prayer
  • 17. Scylla is a:
A) a whirlpool in the ocean
B) a powerful sorceress
C) a beautiful singing nymph
D) monster made of gray rock
  • 18. How many of Odysseus' men does Scylla kill?
A) all of them
B) 8
C) none
D) 6
  • 19. Which saying best describes the episode of Scylla and Charybdis?
A) "Don't put your foot in your mouth."
B) "Caught between a rock and a hard place."
C) "Don't let the cat out of the bag."
D) "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer."
  • 20. Left in a sad and lonely state is:
A) bereft
B) mammoth
C) cherishes
D) dispatched
  • 21. According to Eurylochus, which type of death is the worst?
A) being eaten alive
B) starvation
C) drowning
D) burning
  • 22. Which god becomes angry at Odysseus and his crew for destroying his cattle?
A) Zeus
B) Polyphemus
C) Poseidon
D) Helios
  • 23. How does Odysseus manage to escape Charybdis?
A) by praying to Zeus
B) by clinging to a fig tree
C) by building a boat
D) none of these
  • 24. Who is the most powerful of the gods?
A) Poseidon
B) Agamemnon
C) Zeus
D) Athena
  • 25. Which of the following is an epithet in The Odyssey?
A) monster of gray rock
B) master of landways and seaways
C) All of these
D) dawn's rosy fingertips
  • 26. After turning Odysseus' men into swine, _______________ eventually gives Odysseus and his men valuable advice.
A) Calypso
B) Circe
C) Siren
D) Scylla
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Answer Key

1.B   2.A   3.D   4.D   5.C   6.B   7.D   8.D   9.A   10.C   11.D   12.D   13.D   14.A   15.C   16.A   17.D   18.D   19.B   20.A   21.B   22.D   23.B   24.C   25.D   26.B  

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