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) the Cicones were angry at them for plundering their island
B) they weren't as strong
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) 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) his crew
B) the East, North, and South winds
C) the current in the ocean
D) a sea monster
  • 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) personification
B) metaphor
C) imagery
D) hyperbole
  • 7. Why does Odysseus not kill Polyphemus when he first gets the opportunity to do so?
A) Polyphemus was sleeping.
B) He was afraid of Polyphemus' power.
C) He knew he would feel guilty.
D) They needed Polyphemus to move the boulder.
  • 8. What does Odysseus do to escape from Polyphemus?
A) He stabbed him in the eye.
B) All of these.
C) He tied himself to the belly of a sheep.
D) He exited the cave with the rams.
  • 9. What lessons could people today learn from the Cyclops episode?
A) Take responsibility for your actions.
B) Tell others about your accomplishments.
C) Think before you act.
D) Don't get trapped in a cave with a monster.
  • 10. Insidious means:
A) finished quickly
B) holds dear
C) characterized by treachery
D) in a sad and lonely state
  • 11. What does the ghost of Elpenor request of Odysseus?
A) that he leave the cattle alone
B) that he go home
C) that he pray to Zeus
D) that Odysseus bury him
  • 12. What does Tiresias foretell?
A) If the cattle are harmed, Odysseus' crew will be destroyed.
B) All of these
C) Poseidon will seek revenge for stabbing Polyphemus.
D) They will encounter the cattle of Helios.
  • 13. How did Odysseus react upon the sight of his mother?
A) He shakes her hand.
B) He openly grieves.
C) He hugs her.
D) He doesn't look at her.
  • 14. What does Odysseus' crew do to him so that he can resist the Sirens' song?
A) They tie him up.
B) They send him to bed.
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) goods taken by force
D) enormous
  • 16. What does Odysseus use to protect his crew from the Sirens' song?
A) rope
B) earplugs
C) prayer
D) beeswax
  • 17. Scylla is a:
A) a whirlpool in the ocean
B) a beautiful singing nymph
C) monster made of gray rock
D) a powerful sorceress
  • 18. How many of Odysseus' men does Scylla kill?
A) 6
B) none
C) all of them
D) 8
  • 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) bereft
D) dispatched
  • 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) Zeus
C) Helios
D) Polyphemus
  • 23. How does Odysseus manage to escape Charybdis?
A) none of these
B) by building a boat
C) by praying to Zeus
D) by clinging to a fig tree
  • 24. Who is the most powerful of the gods?
A) Zeus
B) Agamemnon
C) Athena
D) Poseidon
  • 25. Which of the following is an epithet in The Odyssey?
A) master of landways and seaways
B) dawn's rosy fingertips
C) monster of gray rock
D) All of these
  • 26. After turning Odysseus' men into swine, _______________ eventually gives Odysseus and his men valuable advice.
A) Siren
B) Circe
C) Calypso
D) Scylla
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Answer Key

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

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