The Odyssey, Part I
Contributed by: Caves

  • 1. Which of the following do the men NOT do on the island of Ismarus?
A) enslave the women
B) slaughter the cattle
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 weren't as strong
C) the Cicones were angry at them for plundering their island
D) they were tired and hungry after traveling
  • 3. What is Odysseus feeling while being held captive by Calypso?
A) relaxation from being worry-free
B) nothing
C) anger at his crew for wanting to stay
D) longings for home
  • 4. In the beginning of "The Lotus Eaters," what keeps Odysseus from reaching home?
A) a sea monster
B) his crew
C) the East, North, and South winds
D) the current in the ocean
  • 5. What happens to the crew members who eat the lotus?
A) they die
B) they kill themselves
C) they turn into swine
D) the forget about home
  • 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) He knew he would feel guilty.
C) He was afraid of Polyphemus' power.
D) Polyphemus was sleeping.
  • 8. What does Odysseus do to escape from Polyphemus?
A) He tied himself to the belly of a sheep.
B) He exited the cave with the rams.
C) All of these.
D) He stabbed him in the eye.
  • 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) Take responsibility for your actions.
D) Think before you act.
  • 10. Insidious means:
A) finished quickly
B) characterized by treachery
C) holds dear
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 Odysseus bury him
C) that he leave the cattle alone
D) that he go home
  • 12. What does Tiresias foretell?
A) Poseidon will seek revenge for stabbing Polyphemus.
B) They will encounter the cattle of Helios.
C) All of these
D) If the cattle are harmed, Odysseus' crew will be destroyed.
  • 13. How did Odysseus react upon the sight of his mother?
A) He shakes her hand.
B) He hugs her.
C) He openly grieves.
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 send him to bed.
B) They send him under the deck.
C) They put beeswax over their ears.
D) They tie him up.
  • 15. A squall washed the ship ashore. What does squall mean?
A) a strong wind
B) enormous
C) goods taken by force
D) a violent storm
  • 16. What does Odysseus use to protect his crew from the Sirens' song?
A) earplugs
B) beeswax
C) prayer
D) rope
  • 17. Scylla is a:
A) a whirlpool in the ocean
B) monster made of gray rock
C) a powerful sorceress
D) a beautiful singing nymph
  • 18. How many of Odysseus' men does Scylla kill?
A) none
B) 6
C) 8
D) all of them
  • 19. Which saying best describes the episode of Scylla and Charybdis?
A) "Caught between a rock and a hard place."
B) "Don't put your foot in your mouth."
C) "Don't let the cat out of the bag."
D) "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer."
  • 20. Left in a sad and lonely state is:
A) cherishes
B) dispatched
C) mammoth
D) bereft
  • 21. According to Eurylochus, which type of death is the worst?
A) starvation
B) drowning
C) burning
D) being eaten alive
  • 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) by building a boat
B) none of these
C) by praying to Zeus
D) by clinging to a fig tree
  • 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) 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) Scylla
B) Circe
C) Calypso
D) Siren
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Answer Key

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

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