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) forget about their home
C) slaughter the cattle
D) enslave the women
  • 2. Why does Odysseus think that they were defeated by the Cicones?
A) they were not in Zeus' favor
B) the Cicones were angry at them for plundering their island
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) nothing
D) longings for home
  • 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) a sea monster
D) the current in the ocean
  • 5. What happens to the crew members who eat the lotus?
A) the forget about home
B) they die
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) metaphor
B) imagery
C) hyperbole
D) personification
  • 7. Why does Odysseus not kill Polyphemus when he first gets the opportunity to do so?
A) He was afraid of Polyphemus' power.
B) They needed Polyphemus to move the boulder.
C) He knew he would feel guilty.
D) Polyphemus was sleeping.
  • 8. What does Odysseus do to escape from Polyphemus?
A) He stabbed him in the eye.
B) He exited the cave with the rams.
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) Think before you act.
B) Tell others about your accomplishments.
C) Don't get trapped in a cave with a monster.
D) Take responsibility for your actions.
  • 10. Insidious means:
A) characterized by treachery
B) holds dear
C) finished quickly
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) All of these
C) They will encounter the cattle of Helios.
D) If the cattle are harmed, Odysseus' crew will be destroyed.
  • 13. How did Odysseus react upon the sight of his mother?
A) He hugs her.
B) He openly grieves.
C) He doesn't look at her.
D) He shakes her hand.
  • 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) 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) earplugs
C) beeswax
D) rope
  • 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) 6
B) none
C) all of them
D) 8
  • 19. Which saying best describes the episode of Scylla and Charybdis?
A) "Caught between a rock and a hard place."
B) "Don't put your foot in your mouth."
C) "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer."
D) "Don't let the cat out of the bag."
  • 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) being eaten alive
D) burning
  • 22. Which god becomes angry at Odysseus and his crew for destroying his cattle?
A) Helios
B) Poseidon
C) Zeus
D) Polyphemus
  • 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) Zeus
B) Agamemnon
C) Poseidon
D) Athena
  • 25. Which of the following is an epithet in The Odyssey?
A) dawn's rosy fingertips
B) master of landways and seaways
C) All of these
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.B   2.A   3.D   4.D   5.A   6.D   7.B   8.D   9.A   10.A   11.C   12.B   13.B   14.C   15.D   16.C   17.D   18.A   19.A   20.D   21.A   22.A   23.A   24.A   25.A   26.C  

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