The Odyssey, Part I
Contributed by: Caves

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

Answer Key

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

Created with That Quiz — where a math practice test is always one click away.