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

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

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