The Odyssey, Part I
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  • 1. Which of the following do the men NOT do on the island of Ismarus?
A) plunder their goods
B) enslave the women
C) forget about their home
D) slaughter the cattle
  • 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 not in Zeus' favor
D) they were tired and hungry after traveling
  • 3. What is Odysseus feeling while being held captive by Calypso?
A) longings for home
B) nothing
C) relaxation from being worry-free
D) anger at his crew for wanting to stay
  • 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 die
B) they turn into swine
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) personification
B) imagery
C) metaphor
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) 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 tied himself to the belly of a sheep.
B) All of these.
C) He stabbed him in the eye.
D) He exited the cave with the rams.
  • 9. What lessons could people today learn from the Cyclops episode?
A) Don't get trapped in a cave with a monster.
B) Tell others about your accomplishments.
C) Think before you act.
D) Take responsibility for your actions.
  • 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 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) 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 hugs her.
B) He doesn't look at her.
C) He openly grieves.
D) He shakes her hand.
  • 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 put beeswax over their ears.
D) They send him under the deck.
  • 15. A squall washed the ship ashore. What does squall mean?
A) enormous
B) a violent storm
C) a strong wind
D) goods taken by force
  • 16. What does Odysseus use to protect his crew from the Sirens' song?
A) beeswax
B) earplugs
C) rope
D) prayer
  • 17. Scylla is a:
A) monster made of gray rock
B) a whirlpool in the ocean
C) a beautiful singing nymph
D) a powerful sorceress
  • 18. How many of Odysseus' men does Scylla kill?
A) all of them
B) 6
C) none
D) 8
  • 19. Which saying best describes the episode of Scylla and Charybdis?
A) "Caught between a rock and a hard place."
B) "Don't let the cat out of the bag."
C) "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer."
D) "Don't put your foot in your mouth."
  • 20. Left in a sad and lonely state is:
A) bereft
B) dispatched
C) cherishes
D) mammoth
  • 21. According to Eurylochus, which type of death is the worst?
A) starvation
B) burning
C) drowning
D) being eaten alive
  • 22. Which god becomes angry at Odysseus and his crew for destroying his cattle?
A) Zeus
B) Polyphemus
C) Helios
D) Poseidon
  • 23. How does Odysseus manage to escape Charybdis?
A) none of these
B) by building a boat
C) by clinging to a fig tree
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) monster of gray rock
B) master of landways and seaways
C) dawn's rosy fingertips
D) All of these
  • 26. After turning Odysseus' men into swine, _______________ eventually gives Odysseus and his men valuable advice.
A) Scylla
B) Siren
C) Circe
D) Calypso
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Answer Key

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

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