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) forget about their home
C) slaughter the cattle
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 not in Zeus' favor
C) they weren't as strong
D) they were tired and hungry after traveling
  • 3. What is Odysseus feeling while being held captive by Calypso?
A) relaxation from being worry-free
B) anger at his crew for wanting to stay
C) longings for home
D) nothing
  • 4. In the beginning of "The Lotus Eaters," what keeps Odysseus from reaching home?
A) the East, North, and South winds
B) his crew
C) the current in the ocean
D) a sea monster
  • 5. What happens to the crew members who eat the lotus?
A) they kill themselves
B) they die
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) He was afraid of Polyphemus' power.
B) Polyphemus was sleeping.
C) They needed Polyphemus to move the boulder.
D) He knew he would feel guilty.
  • 8. What does Odysseus do to escape from Polyphemus?
A) He tied himself to the belly of a sheep.
B) He exited the cave with the rams.
C) All of these.
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) Take responsibility for your actions.
C) Think before you act.
D) Tell others about your accomplishments.
  • 10. Insidious means:
A) characterized by treachery
B) finished quickly
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 he leave the cattle alone
C) that Odysseus bury him
D) that he go home
  • 12. What does Tiresias foretell?
A) Poseidon will seek revenge for stabbing Polyphemus.
B) If the cattle are harmed, Odysseus' crew will be destroyed.
C) They will encounter the cattle of Helios.
D) All of these
  • 13. How did Odysseus react upon the sight of his mother?
A) He hugs her.
B) He shakes her hand.
C) He doesn't look at her.
D) He openly grieves.
  • 14. What does Odysseus' crew do to him so that he can resist the Sirens' song?
A) They tie him up.
B) They put beeswax over their ears.
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) 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) rope
B) beeswax
C) prayer
D) earplugs
  • 17. Scylla is a:
A) monster made of gray rock
B) a whirlpool in the ocean
C) a powerful sorceress
D) a beautiful singing nymph
  • 18. How many of Odysseus' men does Scylla kill?
A) 6
B) 8
C) none
D) all of them
  • 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) cherishes
B) bereft
C) mammoth
D) dispatched
  • 21. According to Eurylochus, which type of death is the worst?
A) starvation
B) being eaten alive
C) burning
D) drowning
  • 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 praying to Zeus
B) by clinging to a fig tree
C) none of these
D) by building a boat
  • 24. Who is the most powerful of the gods?
A) Athena
B) Zeus
C) Poseidon
D) Agamemnon
  • 25. Which of the following is an epithet in The Odyssey?
A) monster of gray rock
B) All of these
C) dawn's rosy fingertips
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) Calypso
D) Scylla
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Answer Key

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

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