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 weren't as strong
B) they were tired and hungry after traveling
C) the Cicones were angry at them for plundering their island
D) they were not in Zeus' favor
  • 3. What is Odysseus feeling while being held captive by Calypso?
A) longings for home
B) anger at his crew for wanting to stay
C) nothing
D) relaxation from being worry-free
  • 4. In the beginning of "The Lotus Eaters," what keeps Odysseus from reaching home?
A) his crew
B) the East, North, and South winds
C) the current in the ocean
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) imagery
B) metaphor
C) personification
D) hyperbole
  • 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 stabbed him in the eye.
C) He tied himself to the belly of a sheep.
D) All of these.
  • 9. What lessons could people today learn from the Cyclops episode?
A) Think before you act.
B) Don't get trapped in a cave with a monster.
C) Take responsibility for your actions.
D) Tell others about your accomplishments.
  • 10. Insidious means:
A) holds dear
B) characterized by treachery
C) in a sad and lonely state
D) finished quickly
  • 11. What does the ghost of Elpenor request of Odysseus?
A) that he leave the cattle alone
B) that he pray to Zeus
C) that Odysseus bury him
D) that he go home
  • 12. What does Tiresias foretell?
A) Poseidon will seek revenge for stabbing Polyphemus.
B) They will encounter the cattle of Helios.
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 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 send him under the deck.
B) They put beeswax over their ears.
C) They tie him up.
D) They send him to bed.
  • 15. A squall washed the ship ashore. What does squall mean?
A) enormous
B) goods taken by force
C) a strong wind
D) a violent storm
  • 16. What does Odysseus use to protect his crew from the Sirens' song?
A) beeswax
B) prayer
C) earplugs
D) rope
  • 17. Scylla is a:
A) monster made of gray rock
B) a powerful sorceress
C) a whirlpool in the ocean
D) a beautiful singing nymph
  • 18. How many of Odysseus' men does Scylla kill?
A) 6
B) all of them
C) 8
D) none
  • 19. Which saying best describes the episode of Scylla and Charybdis?
A) "Don't put your foot in your mouth."
B) "Don't let the cat out of the bag."
C) "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer."
D) "Caught between a rock and a hard place."
  • 20. Left in a sad and lonely state is:
A) cherishes
B) mammoth
C) bereft
D) dispatched
  • 21. According to Eurylochus, which type of death is the worst?
A) drowning
B) burning
C) being eaten alive
D) starvation
  • 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) none of these
B) by clinging to a fig tree
C) by praying to Zeus
D) by building a boat
  • 24. Who is the most powerful of the gods?
A) Athena
B) Zeus
C) Agamemnon
D) Poseidon
  • 25. Which of the following is an epithet in The Odyssey?
A) All of these
B) dawn's rosy fingertips
C) master of landways and seaways
D) monster of gray rock
  • 26. After turning Odysseus' men into swine, _______________ eventually gives Odysseus and his men valuable advice.
A) Circe
B) Siren
C) Calypso
D) Scylla
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Answer Key

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

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