The Odyssey, Part I
Contributed by: Caves

  • 1. Which of the following do the men NOT do on the island of Ismarus?
A) forget about their home
B) plunder their goods
C) enslave the women
D) slaughter the cattle
  • 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) nothing
C) anger at his crew for wanting to stay
D) relaxation from being worry-free
  • 4. In the beginning of "The Lotus Eaters," what keeps Odysseus from reaching home?
A) a sea monster
B) the current in the ocean
C) the East, North, and South winds
D) his crew
  • 5. What happens to the crew members who eat the lotus?
A) they kill themselves
B) they turn into swine
C) they die
D) the forget about home
  • 6. What type of figurative language is used in the description of dawn coming "with ringlets shining"?
A) personification
B) imagery
C) hyperbole
D) metaphor
  • 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 stabbed him in the eye.
B) All of these.
C) He exited the cave with the rams.
D) He tied himself to the belly of a sheep.
  • 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) characterized by treachery
C) holds dear
D) in a sad and lonely state
  • 11. What does the ghost of Elpenor request of Odysseus?
A) that he go home
B) that he leave the cattle alone
C) that Odysseus bury him
D) that he pray to Zeus
  • 12. What does Tiresias foretell?
A) If the cattle are harmed, Odysseus' crew will be destroyed.
B) Poseidon will seek revenge for stabbing Polyphemus.
C) All of these
D) They will encounter the cattle of Helios.
  • 13. How did Odysseus react upon the sight of his mother?
A) He openly grieves.
B) He doesn't look at her.
C) He hugs 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 under the deck.
B) They tie him up.
C) They send him to bed.
D) They put beeswax over their ears.
  • 15. A squall washed the ship ashore. What does squall mean?
A) a violent storm
B) enormous
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) prayer
C) beeswax
D) rope
  • 17. Scylla is a:
A) a beautiful singing nymph
B) a powerful sorceress
C) a whirlpool in the ocean
D) monster made of gray rock
  • 18. How many of Odysseus' men does Scylla kill?
A) none
B) 6
C) all of them
D) 8
  • 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) "Caught between a rock and a hard place."
D) "Don't let the cat out of the bag."
  • 20. Left in a sad and lonely state is:
A) mammoth
B) bereft
C) dispatched
D) cherishes
  • 21. According to Eurylochus, which type of death is the worst?
A) drowning
B) starvation
C) burning
D) being eaten alive
  • 22. Which god becomes angry at Odysseus and his crew for destroying his cattle?
A) Polyphemus
B) Helios
C) Zeus
D) Poseidon
  • 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) Agamemnon
C) Poseidon
D) Zeus
  • 25. Which of the following is an epithet in The Odyssey?
A) dawn's rosy fingertips
B) master of landways and seaways
C) All of these
D) monster of gray rock
  • 26. After turning Odysseus' men into swine, _______________ eventually gives Odysseus and his men valuable advice.
A) Circe
B) Scylla
C) Siren
D) Calypso
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Answer Key

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

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