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) plunder their goods
C) slaughter the cattle
D) enslave the women
  • 2. Why does Odysseus think that they were defeated by the Cicones?
A) the Cicones were angry at them for plundering their island
B) they were not in Zeus' favor
C) they were tired and hungry after traveling
D) they weren't as strong
  • 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) nothing
D) relaxation from being worry-free
  • 4. In the beginning of "The Lotus Eaters," what keeps Odysseus from reaching home?
A) the current in the ocean
B) the East, North, and South winds
C) a sea monster
D) his crew
  • 5. What happens to the crew members who eat the lotus?
A) they turn into swine
B) they die
C) they kill themselves
D) the forget about home
  • 6. What type of figurative language is used in the description of dawn coming "with ringlets shining"?
A) personification
B) imagery
C) hyperbole
D) metaphor
  • 7. Why does Odysseus not kill Polyphemus when he first gets the opportunity to do so?
A) He knew he would feel guilty.
B) Polyphemus was sleeping.
C) He was afraid of Polyphemus' power.
D) They needed Polyphemus to move the boulder.
  • 8. What does Odysseus do to escape from Polyphemus?
A) He exited the cave with the rams.
B) All of these.
C) He tied himself to the belly of a sheep.
D) He stabbed him in the eye.
  • 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) holds dear
B) finished quickly
C) in a sad and lonely state
D) characterized by treachery
  • 11. What does the ghost of Elpenor request of Odysseus?
A) that he pray to Zeus
B) that he go home
C) that Odysseus bury him
D) that he leave the cattle alone
  • 12. What does Tiresias foretell?
A) They will encounter the cattle of Helios.
B) All of these
C) Poseidon will seek revenge for stabbing Polyphemus.
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 send him to bed.
B) They put beeswax over their ears.
C) They send him under the deck.
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) earplugs
B) beeswax
C) rope
D) prayer
  • 17. Scylla is a:
A) monster made of gray rock
B) a powerful sorceress
C) a beautiful singing nymph
D) a whirlpool in the ocean
  • 18. How many of Odysseus' men does Scylla kill?
A) 8
B) 6
C) none
D) all of them
  • 19. Which saying best describes the episode of Scylla and Charybdis?
A) "Don't let the cat out of the bag."
B) "Don't put your foot in your mouth."
C) "Caught between a rock and a hard place."
D) "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer."
  • 20. Left in a sad and lonely state is:
A) bereft
B) dispatched
C) mammoth
D) cherishes
  • 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) Poseidon
B) Zeus
C) Polyphemus
D) Helios
  • 23. How does Odysseus manage to escape Charybdis?
A) by clinging to a fig tree
B) by praying to Zeus
C) none of these
D) by building a boat
  • 24. Who is the most powerful of the gods?
A) Zeus
B) Poseidon
C) Agamemnon
D) Athena
  • 25. Which of the following is an epithet in The Odyssey?
A) All of these
B) master of landways and seaways
C) monster of gray rock
D) dawn's rosy fingertips
  • 26. After turning Odysseus' men into swine, _______________ eventually gives Odysseus and his men valuable advice.
A) Scylla
B) Circe
C) Calypso
D) Siren
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Answer Key

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

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