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) slaughter the cattle
C) enslave the women
D) plunder their goods
  • 2. Why does Odysseus think that they were defeated by the Cicones?
A) the Cicones were angry at them for plundering their island
B) they were tired and hungry after traveling
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) anger at his crew for wanting to stay
B) longings for home
C) nothing
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) a sea monster
C) his crew
D) the current in the ocean
  • 5. What happens to the crew members who eat the lotus?
A) they die
B) the forget about home
C) they turn into swine
D) they kill themselves
  • 6. What type of figurative language is used in the description of dawn coming "with ringlets shining"?
A) imagery
B) personification
C) hyperbole
D) metaphor
  • 7. Why does Odysseus not kill Polyphemus when he first gets the opportunity to do so?
A) He was afraid of Polyphemus' power.
B) He knew he would feel guilty.
C) They needed Polyphemus to move the boulder.
D) Polyphemus was sleeping.
  • 8. What does Odysseus do to escape from Polyphemus?
A) He tied himself to the belly of a sheep.
B) All of these.
C) He exited the cave with the rams.
D) He stabbed him in the eye.
  • 9. What lessons could people today learn from the Cyclops episode?
A) Don't get trapped in a cave with a monster.
B) Tell others about your accomplishments.
C) Think before you act.
D) Take responsibility for your actions.
  • 10. Insidious means:
A) in a sad and lonely state
B) characterized by treachery
C) finished quickly
D) holds dear
  • 11. What does the ghost of Elpenor request of Odysseus?
A) that Odysseus bury him
B) that he go home
C) that he pray to Zeus
D) that he leave the cattle alone
  • 12. What does Tiresias foretell?
A) If the cattle are harmed, Odysseus' crew will be destroyed.
B) All of these
C) They will encounter the cattle of Helios.
D) Poseidon will seek revenge for stabbing Polyphemus.
  • 13. How did Odysseus react upon the sight of his mother?
A) He shakes her hand.
B) He hugs her.
C) He openly grieves.
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 under the deck.
B) They put beeswax over their ears.
C) They tie him up.
D) They send him to bed.
  • 15. A squall washed the ship ashore. What does squall mean?
A) a strong wind
B) goods taken by force
C) a violent storm
D) enormous
  • 16. What does Odysseus use to protect his crew from the Sirens' song?
A) earplugs
B) rope
C) beeswax
D) prayer
  • 17. Scylla is a:
A) a whirlpool in the ocean
B) monster made of gray rock
C) a beautiful singing nymph
D) a powerful sorceress
  • 18. How many of Odysseus' men does Scylla kill?
A) 6
B) none
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) "Caught between a rock and a hard place."
C) "Don't let the cat out of the bag."
D) "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer."
  • 20. Left in a sad and lonely state is:
A) cherishes
B) mammoth
C) dispatched
D) bereft
  • 21. According to Eurylochus, which type of death is the worst?
A) burning
B) drowning
C) starvation
D) being eaten alive
  • 22. Which god becomes angry at Odysseus and his crew for destroying his cattle?
A) Helios
B) Polyphemus
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) Poseidon
B) Agamemnon
C) Athena
D) Zeus
  • 25. Which of the following is an epithet in The Odyssey?
A) All of these
B) dawn's rosy fingertips
C) monster of gray rock
D) master of landways and seaways
  • 26. After turning Odysseus' men into swine, _______________ eventually gives Odysseus and his men valuable advice.
A) Siren
B) Circe
C) Scylla
D) Calypso
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Answer Key

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

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