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) slaughter the cattle
C) enslave the women
D) plunder their goods
  • 2. Why does Odysseus think that they were defeated by the Cicones?
A) they weren't as strong
B) the Cicones were angry at them for plundering their island
C) they were tired and hungry after traveling
D) they were not in Zeus' favor
  • 3. What is Odysseus feeling while being held captive by Calypso?
A) nothing
B) longings for home
C) anger at his crew for wanting to stay
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) a sea monster
C) his crew
D) the East, North, and South winds
  • 5. What happens to the crew members who eat the lotus?
A) they turn into swine
B) they kill themselves
C) they die
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) metaphor
C) imagery
D) hyperbole
  • 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) 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 exited the cave with the rams.
B) He stabbed him in the eye.
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) finished quickly
B) characterized by treachery
C) in a sad and lonely state
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 he go home
D) that Odysseus bury him
  • 12. What does Tiresias foretell?
A) All of these
B) Poseidon will seek revenge for stabbing Polyphemus.
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 doesn't look at her.
B) He shakes her hand.
C) He hugs 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 tie him up.
C) They send him under the deck.
D) They put beeswax over their ears.
  • 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) beeswax
B) rope
C) prayer
D) earplugs
  • 17. Scylla is a:
A) a beautiful singing nymph
B) a powerful sorceress
C) monster made of gray rock
D) a whirlpool in the ocean
  • 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) "Caught between a rock and a hard place."
C) "Don't let the cat out of the bag."
D) "Don't put your foot in your mouth."
  • 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) drowning
B) starvation
C) burning
D) being eaten alive
  • 22. Which god becomes angry at Odysseus and his crew for destroying his cattle?
A) Poseidon
B) Helios
C) Zeus
D) Polyphemus
  • 23. How does Odysseus manage to escape Charybdis?
A) none of these
B) by praying to Zeus
C) by building a boat
D) by clinging to a fig tree
  • 24. Who is the most powerful of the gods?
A) Agamemnon
B) Zeus
C) Poseidon
D) Athena
  • 25. Which of the following is an epithet in The Odyssey?
A) monster of gray rock
B) dawn's rosy fingertips
C) master of landways and seaways
D) All of these
  • 26. After turning Odysseus' men into swine, _______________ eventually gives Odysseus and his men valuable advice.
A) Siren
B) Scylla
C) Circe
D) Calypso
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Answer Key

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

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