The Odyssey, Part I
Contributed by: Caves

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

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

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