The Odyssey, Part I
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  • 1. Which of the following do the men NOT do on the island of Ismarus?
A) plunder their goods
B) enslave the women
C) forget about their home
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 not in Zeus' favor
C) they were tired and hungry after traveling
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) longings for home
D) anger at his crew for wanting to stay
  • 4. In the beginning of "The Lotus Eaters," what keeps Odysseus from reaching home?
A) a sea monster
B) his crew
C) the East, North, and South winds
D) the current in the ocean
  • 5. What happens to the crew members who eat the lotus?
A) they die
B) they turn into swine
C) they kill themselves
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 stabbed him in the eye.
B) He tied himself to the belly of a sheep.
C) He exited the cave with the rams.
D) All of these.
  • 9. What lessons could people today learn from the Cyclops episode?
A) Tell others about your accomplishments.
B) Don't get trapped in a cave with a monster.
C) Take responsibility for your actions.
D) Think before you act.
  • 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 pray to Zeus
B) that Odysseus bury him
C) that he go home
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 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 put beeswax over their ears.
B) They tie him up.
C) They send him to bed.
D) They send him under the deck.
  • 15. A squall washed the ship ashore. What does squall mean?
A) a violent storm
B) goods taken by force
C) enormous
D) a strong wind
  • 16. What does Odysseus use to protect his crew from the Sirens' song?
A) prayer
B) rope
C) earplugs
D) beeswax
  • 17. Scylla is a:
A) a whirlpool in the ocean
B) a powerful sorceress
C) a beautiful singing nymph
D) monster made of gray rock
  • 18. How many of Odysseus' men does Scylla kill?
A) 8
B) 6
C) all of them
D) none
  • 19. Which saying best describes the episode of Scylla and Charybdis?
A) "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer."
B) "Don't let the cat out of the bag."
C) "Caught between a rock and a hard place."
D) "Don't put your foot in your mouth."
  • 20. Left in a sad and lonely state is:
A) mammoth
B) cherishes
C) dispatched
D) bereft
  • 21. According to Eurylochus, which type of death is the worst?
A) being eaten alive
B) burning
C) starvation
D) drowning
  • 22. Which god becomes angry at Odysseus and his crew for destroying his cattle?
A) Helios
B) Polyphemus
C) Poseidon
D) Zeus
  • 23. How does Odysseus manage to escape Charybdis?
A) none of these
B) by building a boat
C) by clinging to a fig tree
D) by praying to Zeus
  • 24. Who is the most powerful of the gods?
A) Poseidon
B) Zeus
C) Athena
D) Agamemnon
  • 25. Which of the following is an epithet in The Odyssey?
A) All of these
B) dawn's rosy fingertips
C) master of landways and seaways
D) monster of gray rock
  • 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.B   3.C   4.D   5.D   6.C   7.D   8.D   9.D   10.B   11.B   12.B   13.A   14.B   15.A   16.D   17.D   18.B   19.C   20.D   21.C   22.A   23.C   24.B   25.B   26.A  

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