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) enslave the women
C) forget about their home
D) plunder their goods
  • 2. Why does Odysseus think that they were defeated by the Cicones?
A) they were tired and hungry after traveling
B) the Cicones were angry at them for plundering their island
C) they were not in Zeus' favor
D) they weren't as strong
  • 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) his crew
C) a sea monster
D) the current in the ocean
  • 5. What happens to the crew members who eat the lotus?
A) they kill themselves
B) they turn into swine
C) the forget about home
D) they die
  • 6. What type of figurative language is used in the description of dawn coming "with ringlets shining"?
A) hyperbole
B) metaphor
C) imagery
D) personification
  • 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 exited the cave with the rams.
B) All of these.
C) He tied himself to the belly of a sheep.
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) Think before you act.
C) Don't get trapped in a cave with a monster.
D) Take responsibility for your actions.
  • 10. Insidious means:
A) finished quickly
B) in a sad and lonely state
C) characterized by treachery
D) holds dear
  • 11. What does the ghost of Elpenor request of Odysseus?
A) that he pray to Zeus
B) that he go home
C) that Odysseus bury him
D) that he leave the cattle alone
  • 12. What does Tiresias foretell?
A) They will encounter the cattle of Helios.
B) If the cattle are harmed, Odysseus' crew will be destroyed.
C) Poseidon will seek revenge for stabbing Polyphemus.
D) All of these
  • 13. How did Odysseus react upon the sight of his mother?
A) He shakes her hand.
B) He hugs her.
C) He doesn't look at 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 to bed.
B) They send him under the deck.
C) They tie him up.
D) They put beeswax over their ears.
  • 15. A squall washed the ship ashore. What does squall mean?
A) a strong wind
B) a violent storm
C) goods taken by force
D) enormous
  • 16. What does Odysseus use to protect his crew from the Sirens' song?
A) beeswax
B) earplugs
C) prayer
D) rope
  • 17. Scylla is a:
A) a whirlpool in the ocean
B) a powerful sorceress
C) monster made of gray rock
D) a beautiful singing nymph
  • 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) "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer."
D) "Don't let the cat out of the bag."
  • 20. Left in a sad and lonely state is:
A) bereft
B) dispatched
C) mammoth
D) cherishes
  • 21. According to Eurylochus, which type of death is the worst?
A) starvation
B) burning
C) being eaten alive
D) drowning
  • 22. Which god becomes angry at Odysseus and his crew for destroying his cattle?
A) Poseidon
B) Polyphemus
C) Helios
D) Zeus
  • 23. How does Odysseus manage to escape Charybdis?
A) by praying to Zeus
B) by building a boat
C) none of these
D) by clinging to a fig tree
  • 24. Who is the most powerful of the gods?
A) Agamemnon
B) Zeus
C) Poseidon
D) Athena
  • 25. Which of the following is an epithet in The Odyssey?
A) All of these
B) monster of gray rock
C) dawn's rosy fingertips
D) master of landways and seaways
  • 26. After turning Odysseus' men into swine, _______________ eventually gives Odysseus and his men valuable advice.
A) Circe
B) Calypso
C) Siren
D) Scylla
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Answer Key

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

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