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) they weren't as strong
C) they were not in Zeus' favor
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) relaxation from being worry-free
C) anger at his crew for wanting to stay
D) longings for home
  • 4. In the beginning of "The Lotus Eaters," what keeps Odysseus from reaching home?
A) a sea monster
B) the East, North, and South winds
C) the current in the ocean
D) his crew
  • 5. What happens to the crew members who eat the lotus?
A) they die
B) they kill themselves
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) He knew he would feel guilty.
D) They needed Polyphemus to move the boulder.
  • 8. What does Odysseus do to escape from Polyphemus?
A) He tied himself to the belly of a sheep.
B) He stabbed him in the eye.
C) He exited the cave with the rams.
D) All of these.
  • 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) 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 Odysseus bury him
B) that he leave the cattle alone
C) that he go home
D) that he pray to Zeus
  • 12. What does Tiresias foretell?
A) All of these
B) Poseidon will seek revenge for stabbing Polyphemus.
C) If the cattle are harmed, Odysseus' crew will be destroyed.
D) They will encounter the cattle of Helios.
  • 13. How did Odysseus react upon the sight of his mother?
A) He hugs her.
B) He openly grieves.
C) He shakes her hand.
D) He doesn't look at her.
  • 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 send him under the deck.
D) They put beeswax over their ears.
  • 15. A squall washed the ship ashore. What does squall mean?
A) goods taken by force
B) a strong wind
C) a violent storm
D) enormous
  • 16. What does Odysseus use to protect his crew from the Sirens' song?
A) earplugs
B) beeswax
C) rope
D) prayer
  • 17. Scylla is a:
A) a beautiful singing nymph
B) a powerful sorceress
C) monster made of gray rock
D) a whirlpool in the ocean
  • 18. How many of Odysseus' men does Scylla kill?
A) all of them
B) 8
C) 6
D) none
  • 19. Which saying best describes the episode of Scylla and Charybdis?
A) "Don't put your foot in your mouth."
B) "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer."
C) "Don't let the cat out of the bag."
D) "Caught between a rock and a hard place."
  • 20. Left in a sad and lonely state is:
A) cherishes
B) dispatched
C) bereft
D) mammoth
  • 21. According to Eurylochus, which type of death is the worst?
A) burning
B) starvation
C) being eaten alive
D) drowning
  • 22. Which god becomes angry at Odysseus and his crew for destroying his cattle?
A) Polyphemus
B) Helios
C) Poseidon
D) Zeus
  • 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) Zeus
B) Agamemnon
C) Poseidon
D) Athena
  • 25. Which of the following is an epithet in The Odyssey?
A) master of landways and seaways
B) monster of gray rock
C) All of these
D) dawn's rosy fingertips
  • 26. After turning Odysseus' men into swine, _______________ eventually gives Odysseus and his men valuable advice.
A) Scylla
B) Calypso
C) Siren
D) Circe
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Answer Key

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

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