The Odyssey, Part I
Contributed by: Caves

  • 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) the Cicones were angry at them for plundering their island
C) they were not in Zeus' favor
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) nothing
C) anger at his crew for wanting to stay
D) longings for home
  • 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 kill themselves
B) the forget about home
C) they turn into swine
D) they die
  • 6. What type of figurative language is used in the description of dawn coming "with ringlets shining"?
A) metaphor
B) hyperbole
C) imagery
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) They needed Polyphemus to move the boulder.
D) Polyphemus was sleeping.
  • 8. What does Odysseus do to escape from Polyphemus?
A) He exited the cave with the rams.
B) He stabbed him in the eye.
C) He tied himself to the belly of a sheep.
D) All of these.
  • 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) in a sad and lonely state
B) finished quickly
C) characterized by treachery
D) holds dear
  • 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 pray to Zeus
D) that he go home
  • 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 openly grieves.
B) He doesn't look at her.
C) He shakes her hand.
D) He hugs her.
  • 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) enormous
D) a violent storm
  • 16. What does Odysseus use to protect his crew from the Sirens' song?
A) prayer
B) rope
C) beeswax
D) earplugs
  • 17. Scylla is a:
A) a powerful sorceress
B) a beautiful singing nymph
C) monster made of gray rock
D) a whirlpool in the ocean
  • 18. How many of Odysseus' men does Scylla kill?
A) all of them
B) 8
C) 6
D) none
  • 19. Which saying best describes the episode of Scylla and Charybdis?
A) "Don't let the cat out of the bag."
B) "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer."
C) "Don't put your foot in your mouth."
D) "Caught between a rock and a hard place."
  • 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) starvation
B) drowning
C) burning
D) being eaten alive
  • 22. Which god becomes angry at Odysseus and his crew for destroying his cattle?
A) Zeus
B) Helios
C) Polyphemus
D) Poseidon
  • 23. How does Odysseus manage to escape Charybdis?
A) by building a boat
B) by praying to Zeus
C) none of these
D) by clinging to a fig tree
  • 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) Siren
B) Calypso
C) Circe
D) Scylla
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Answer Key

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

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