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) enslave the women
C) plunder their goods
D) forget about their home
  • 2. Why does Odysseus think that they were defeated by the Cicones?
A) they were not in Zeus' favor
B) they were tired and hungry after traveling
C) the Cicones were angry at them for plundering their island
D) they weren't as strong
  • 3. What is Odysseus feeling while being held captive by Calypso?
A) relaxation from being worry-free
B) longings for home
C) nothing
D) anger at his crew for wanting to stay
  • 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) 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 die
C) the forget about home
D) they kill themselves
  • 6. What type of figurative language is used in the description of dawn coming "with ringlets shining"?
A) metaphor
B) hyperbole
C) imagery
D) personification
  • 7. Why does Odysseus not kill Polyphemus when he first gets the opportunity to do so?
A) He knew he would feel guilty.
B) They needed Polyphemus to move the boulder.
C) Polyphemus was sleeping.
D) He was afraid of Polyphemus' power.
  • 8. What does Odysseus do to escape from Polyphemus?
A) All of these.
B) He tied himself to the belly of a sheep.
C) He exited the cave with the rams.
D) He stabbed him in the eye.
  • 9. What lessons could people today learn from the Cyclops episode?
A) Think before you act.
B) Don't get trapped in a cave with a monster.
C) Take responsibility for your actions.
D) Tell others about your accomplishments.
  • 10. Insidious means:
A) finished quickly
B) in a sad and lonely state
C) holds dear
D) characterized by treachery
  • 11. What does the ghost of Elpenor request of Odysseus?
A) that he go home
B) that Odysseus bury him
C) that he leave the cattle alone
D) that he pray to Zeus
  • 12. What does Tiresias foretell?
A) All of these
B) Poseidon will seek revenge for stabbing Polyphemus.
C) If the cattle are harmed, Odysseus' crew will be destroyed.
D) They will encounter the cattle of Helios.
  • 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 send him to bed.
B) They send him under the deck.
C) They tie him up.
D) They put beeswax over their ears.
  • 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) rope
B) beeswax
C) prayer
D) earplugs
  • 17. Scylla is a:
A) a powerful sorceress
B) monster made of gray rock
C) a beautiful singing nymph
D) a whirlpool in the ocean
  • 18. How many of Odysseus' men does Scylla kill?
A) none
B) 6
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) "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) dispatched
B) bereft
C) cherishes
D) mammoth
  • 21. According to Eurylochus, which type of death is the worst?
A) being eaten alive
B) starvation
C) drowning
D) burning
  • 22. Which god becomes angry at Odysseus and his crew for destroying his cattle?
A) Helios
B) Poseidon
C) Polyphemus
D) Zeus
  • 23. How does Odysseus manage to escape Charybdis?
A) none of these
B) by praying to Zeus
C) by clinging to a fig tree
D) by building a boat
  • 24. Who is the most powerful of the gods?
A) Zeus
B) Athena
C) Poseidon
D) Agamemnon
  • 25. Which of the following is an epithet in The Odyssey?
A) monster of gray rock
B) master of landways and seaways
C) All of these
D) dawn's rosy fingertips
  • 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.A   3.B   4.B   5.C   6.D   7.B   8.A   9.A   10.D   11.B   12.A   13.D   14.C   15.C   16.B   17.B   18.B   19.D   20.B   21.B   22.A   23.C   24.A   25.D   26.A  

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