The Odyssey, Part I
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  • 1. Which of the following do the men NOT do on the island of Ismarus?
A) forget about their home
B) enslave the women
C) slaughter the cattle
D) plunder their goods
  • 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) the Cicones were angry at them for plundering their island
D) they were not in Zeus' favor
  • 3. What is Odysseus feeling while being held captive by Calypso?
A) longings for home
B) anger at his crew for wanting to stay
C) relaxation from being worry-free
D) nothing
  • 4. In the beginning of "The Lotus Eaters," what keeps Odysseus from reaching home?
A) his crew
B) a sea monster
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 turn into swine
B) the forget about home
C) they die
D) they kill themselves
  • 6. What type of figurative language is used in the description of dawn coming "with ringlets shining"?
A) hyperbole
B) imagery
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) He knew he would feel guilty.
C) They needed Polyphemus to move the boulder.
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 tied himself to the belly of a sheep.
C) All of these.
D) He exited the cave with the rams.
  • 9. What lessons could people today learn from the Cyclops episode?
A) Tell others about your accomplishments.
B) Think before you act.
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) finished quickly
C) in a sad and lonely state
D) holds dear
  • 11. What does the ghost of Elpenor request of Odysseus?
A) that Odysseus bury him
B) that he go home
C) that he leave the cattle alone
D) that he pray to Zeus
  • 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 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 tie him up.
B) They put beeswax over their ears.
C) They send him under the deck.
D) They send him to bed.
  • 15. A squall washed the ship ashore. What does squall mean?
A) a violent storm
B) a strong wind
C) enormous
D) goods taken by force
  • 16. What does Odysseus use to protect his crew from the Sirens' song?
A) earplugs
B) beeswax
C) prayer
D) rope
  • 17. Scylla is a:
A) a beautiful singing nymph
B) a powerful sorceress
C) a whirlpool in the ocean
D) monster made of gray rock
  • 18. How many of Odysseus' men does Scylla kill?
A) 8
B) none
C) 6
D) all of them
  • 19. Which saying best describes the episode of Scylla and Charybdis?
A) "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer."
B) "Don't put your foot in your mouth."
C) "Don't let the cat out of the bag."
D) "Caught between a rock and a hard place."
  • 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) starvation
B) burning
C) being eaten alive
D) drowning
  • 22. Which god becomes angry at Odysseus and his crew for destroying his cattle?
A) Poseidon
B) Zeus
C) Polyphemus
D) Helios
  • 23. How does Odysseus manage to escape Charybdis?
A) none of these
B) by clinging to a fig tree
C) by building a boat
D) by praying to Zeus
  • 24. Who is the most powerful of the gods?
A) Athena
B) Zeus
C) Agamemnon
D) Poseidon
  • 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) Circe
B) Calypso
C) Siren
D) Scylla
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Answer Key

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

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