The Odyssey, Part I
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  • 1. Which of the following do the men NOT do on the island of Ismarus?
A) enslave the women
B) slaughter the cattle
C) forget about their home
D) plunder their goods
  • 2. Why does Odysseus think that they were defeated by the Cicones?
A) they weren't as strong
B) they were not in Zeus' favor
C) they were tired and hungry after traveling
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) longings for home
C) relaxation from being worry-free
D) anger at his crew for wanting to stay
  • 4. In the beginning of "The Lotus Eaters," what keeps Odysseus from reaching home?
A) the current in the ocean
B) the East, North, and South winds
C) his crew
D) a sea monster
  • 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) imagery
C) personification
D) metaphor
  • 7. Why does Odysseus not kill Polyphemus when he first gets the opportunity to do so?
A) Polyphemus was sleeping.
B) They needed Polyphemus to move the boulder.
C) He was afraid of Polyphemus' power.
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 tied himself to the belly of a sheep.
C) He exited the cave with the rams.
D) All of these.
  • 9. What lessons could people today learn from the Cyclops episode?
A) Tell others about your accomplishments.
B) Take responsibility for your actions.
C) Think before you act.
D) Don't get trapped in a cave with a monster.
  • 10. Insidious means:
A) holds dear
B) characterized by treachery
C) finished quickly
D) in a sad and lonely state
  • 11. What does the ghost of Elpenor request of Odysseus?
A) that he leave the cattle alone
B) that Odysseus bury him
C) that he pray to Zeus
D) that he go home
  • 12. What does Tiresias foretell?
A) Poseidon will seek revenge for stabbing Polyphemus.
B) All of these
C) They will encounter the cattle of Helios.
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 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) enormous
B) a violent storm
C) goods taken by force
D) a strong wind
  • 16. What does Odysseus use to protect his crew from the Sirens' song?
A) earplugs
B) rope
C) prayer
D) beeswax
  • 17. Scylla is a:
A) a powerful sorceress
B) monster made of gray rock
C) a beautiful singing nymph
D) a whirlpool in the ocean
  • 18. How many of Odysseus' men does Scylla kill?
A) 8
B) 6
C) all of them
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) dispatched
B) bereft
C) cherishes
D) mammoth
  • 21. According to Eurylochus, which type of death is the worst?
A) drowning
B) being eaten alive
C) burning
D) starvation
  • 22. Which god becomes angry at Odysseus and his crew for destroying his cattle?
A) Poseidon
B) Polyphemus
C) Zeus
D) Helios
  • 23. How does Odysseus manage to escape Charybdis?
A) by building a boat
B) none of these
C) by clinging to a fig tree
D) by praying to Zeus
  • 24. Who is the most powerful of the gods?
A) Athena
B) Poseidon
C) Zeus
D) Agamemnon
  • 25. Which of the following is an epithet in The Odyssey?
A) monster of gray rock
B) master of landways and seaways
C) dawn's rosy fingertips
D) All of these
  • 26. After turning Odysseus' men into swine, _______________ eventually gives Odysseus and his men valuable advice.
A) Scylla
B) Siren
C) Calypso
D) Circe
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Answer Key

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

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