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) slaughter the cattle
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) relaxation from being worry-free
C) anger at his crew for wanting to stay
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 die
B) they kill themselves
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) imagery
B) hyperbole
C) metaphor
D) personification
  • 7. Why does Odysseus not kill Polyphemus when he first gets the opportunity to do so?
A) Polyphemus was sleeping.
B) They needed Polyphemus to move the boulder.
C) He knew he would feel guilty.
D) He was afraid of Polyphemus' power.
  • 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) Tell others about your accomplishments.
B) Don't get trapped in a cave with a monster.
C) Think before you act.
D) Take responsibility for your actions.
  • 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 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) They will encounter the cattle of Helios.
C) If the cattle are harmed, Odysseus' crew will be destroyed.
D) All of these
  • 13. How did Odysseus react upon the sight of his mother?
A) He shakes her hand.
B) He hugs her.
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 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) enormous
B) a strong wind
C) a violent storm
D) goods taken by force
  • 16. What does Odysseus use to protect his crew from the Sirens' song?
A) beeswax
B) prayer
C) earplugs
D) rope
  • 17. Scylla is a:
A) a powerful sorceress
B) a whirlpool in the ocean
C) monster made of gray rock
D) a beautiful singing nymph
  • 18. How many of Odysseus' men does Scylla kill?
A) 8
B) all of them
C) 6
D) none
  • 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) "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) mammoth
B) bereft
C) dispatched
D) cherishes
  • 21. According to Eurylochus, which type of death is the worst?
A) being eaten alive
B) burning
C) drowning
D) starvation
  • 22. Which god becomes angry at Odysseus and his crew for destroying his cattle?
A) Polyphemus
B) Helios
C) Poseidon
D) Zeus
  • 23. How does Odysseus manage to escape Charybdis?
A) by praying to Zeus
B) by clinging to a fig tree
C) by building a boat
D) none of these
  • 24. Who is the most powerful of the gods?
A) Zeus
B) Poseidon
C) Athena
D) Agamemnon
  • 25. Which of the following is an epithet in The Odyssey?
A) master of landways and seaways
B) monster of gray rock
C) dawn's rosy fingertips
D) All of these
  • 26. After turning Odysseus' men into swine, _______________ eventually gives Odysseus and his men valuable advice.
A) Calypso
B) Circe
C) Scylla
D) Siren
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Answer Key

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

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