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) plunder their goods
C) enslave the women
D) forget about their home
  • 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) 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) 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) 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) they kill themselves
C) the forget about home
D) they turn into swine
  • 6. What type of figurative language is used in the description of dawn coming "with ringlets shining"?
A) imagery
B) hyperbole
C) metaphor
D) personification
  • 7. Why does Odysseus not kill Polyphemus when he first gets the opportunity to do so?
A) He knew he would feel guilty.
B) He was afraid of Polyphemus' power.
C) Polyphemus was sleeping.
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) 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) Think before you act.
C) Take responsibility for your actions.
D) Tell others about your accomplishments.
  • 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 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) If the cattle are harmed, Odysseus' crew will be destroyed.
B) They will encounter the cattle of Helios.
C) Poseidon will seek revenge for stabbing Polyphemus.
D) All of these
  • 13. How did Odysseus react upon the sight of his mother?
A) He shakes her hand.
B) He openly grieves.
C) He doesn't look at her.
D) He hugs 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 send him to bed.
D) They tie him up.
  • 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) beeswax
B) earplugs
C) rope
D) prayer
  • 17. Scylla is a:
A) a whirlpool in the ocean
B) a powerful sorceress
C) monster made of gray rock
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 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) dispatched
B) cherishes
C) mammoth
D) bereft
  • 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) Zeus
B) Poseidon
C) Polyphemus
D) Helios
  • 23. How does Odysseus manage to escape Charybdis?
A) by clinging to a fig tree
B) none of these
C) by praying to Zeus
D) by building a boat
  • 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) All of these
B) monster of gray rock
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) Scylla
C) Circe
D) Calypso
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Answer Key

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

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