The Odyssey, Part I
Contributed by: Caves

  • 1. Which of the following do the men NOT do on the island of Ismarus?
A) slaughter the cattle
B) plunder their goods
C) enslave the women
D) forget about their home
  • 2. Why does Odysseus think that they were defeated by the Cicones?
A) they were tired and hungry after traveling
B) they were not in Zeus' favor
C) they weren't as strong
D) the Cicones were angry at them for plundering their island
  • 3. What is Odysseus feeling while being held captive by Calypso?
A) anger at his crew for wanting to stay
B) nothing
C) longings for home
D) relaxation from being worry-free
  • 4. In the beginning of "The Lotus Eaters," what keeps Odysseus from reaching home?
A) a sea monster
B) the current in the ocean
C) the East, North, and South winds
D) his crew
  • 5. What happens to the crew members who eat the lotus?
A) they die
B) the forget about home
C) they kill themselves
D) they turn into swine
  • 6. What type of figurative language is used in the description of dawn coming "with ringlets shining"?
A) hyperbole
B) metaphor
C) imagery
D) personification
  • 7. Why does Odysseus not kill Polyphemus when he first gets the opportunity to do so?
A) They needed Polyphemus to move the boulder.
B) Polyphemus was sleeping.
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 exited the cave with the rams.
B) He tied himself to the belly of a sheep.
C) He stabbed him in the eye.
D) All of these.
  • 9. What lessons could people today learn from the Cyclops episode?
A) Tell others about your accomplishments.
B) Think before you act.
C) Take responsibility for your actions.
D) Don't get trapped in a cave with a monster.
  • 10. Insidious means:
A) in a sad and lonely state
B) characterized by treachery
C) holds dear
D) finished quickly
  • 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) 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 hugs her.
B) He shakes her hand.
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 put beeswax over their ears.
B) They tie him up.
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) a strong wind
B) goods taken by force
C) a violent storm
D) enormous
  • 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 beautiful singing nymph
B) a whirlpool in the ocean
C) monster made of gray rock
D) a powerful sorceress
  • 18. How many of Odysseus' men does Scylla kill?
A) none
B) 8
C) 6
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) "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) cherishes
B) mammoth
C) dispatched
D) bereft
  • 21. According to Eurylochus, which type of death is the worst?
A) starvation
B) being eaten alive
C) burning
D) drowning
  • 22. Which god becomes angry at Odysseus and his crew for destroying his cattle?
A) Poseidon
B) Polyphemus
C) Zeus
D) Helios
  • 23. How does Odysseus manage to escape Charybdis?
A) by building a boat
B) by clinging to a fig tree
C) none of these
D) by praying to Zeus
  • 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) dawn's rosy fingertips
C) monster of gray rock
D) master of landways and seaways
  • 26. After turning Odysseus' men into swine, _______________ eventually gives Odysseus and his men valuable advice.
A) Circe
B) Scylla
C) Calypso
D) Siren
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Answer Key

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

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