The Odyssey, Part I
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  • 1. Which of the following do the men NOT do on the island of Ismarus?
A) slaughter the cattle
B) forget about their home
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) relaxation from being worry-free
C) longings for home
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) the East, North, and South winds
D) his crew
  • 5. What happens to the crew members who eat the lotus?
A) they kill themselves
B) they turn into swine
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) metaphor
B) personification
C) hyperbole
D) imagery
  • 7. Why does Odysseus not kill Polyphemus when he first gets the opportunity to do so?
A) Polyphemus was sleeping.
B) They needed Polyphemus to move the boulder.
C) He knew he would feel guilty.
D) He was afraid of Polyphemus' power.
  • 8. What does Odysseus do to escape from Polyphemus?
A) He stabbed him in the eye.
B) He exited the cave with the rams.
C) All of these.
D) He tied himself to the belly of a sheep.
  • 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) Tell others about your accomplishments.
D) Take responsibility for your actions.
  • 10. Insidious means:
A) holds dear
B) characterized by treachery
C) finished quickly
D) in a sad and lonely state
  • 11. What does the ghost of Elpenor request of Odysseus?
A) that Odysseus bury him
B) that he pray to Zeus
C) that he leave the cattle alone
D) that he go home
  • 12. What does Tiresias foretell?
A) All of these
B) If the cattle are harmed, Odysseus' crew will be destroyed.
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 tie him up.
B) They put beeswax over their ears.
C) They send him under the deck.
D) They send him to bed.
  • 15. A squall washed the ship ashore. What does squall mean?
A) goods taken by force
B) enormous
C) a strong wind
D) a violent storm
  • 16. What does Odysseus use to protect his crew from the Sirens' song?
A) prayer
B) earplugs
C) rope
D) beeswax
  • 17. Scylla is a:
A) a powerful sorceress
B) a beautiful singing nymph
C) monster made of gray rock
D) a whirlpool in the ocean
  • 18. How many of Odysseus' men does Scylla kill?
A) 6
B) 8
C) none
D) all of them
  • 19. Which saying best describes the episode of Scylla and Charybdis?
A) "Don't let the cat out of the bag."
B) "Don't put your foot in your mouth."
C) "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer."
D) "Caught between a rock and a hard place."
  • 20. Left in a sad and lonely state is:
A) bereft
B) cherishes
C) mammoth
D) dispatched
  • 21. According to Eurylochus, which type of death is the worst?
A) drowning
B) being eaten alive
C) burning
D) starvation
  • 22. Which god becomes angry at Odysseus and his crew for destroying his cattle?
A) Polyphemus
B) Poseidon
C) Zeus
D) Helios
  • 23. How does Odysseus manage to escape Charybdis?
A) by praying to Zeus
B) none of these
C) by building a boat
D) by clinging to a fig tree
  • 24. Who is the most powerful of the gods?
A) Poseidon
B) Agamemnon
C) Athena
D) Zeus
  • 25. Which of the following is an epithet in The Odyssey?
A) monster of gray rock
B) All of these
C) master of landways and seaways
D) dawn's rosy fingertips
  • 26. After turning Odysseus' men into swine, _______________ eventually gives Odysseus and his men valuable advice.
A) Circe
B) Calypso
C) Scylla
D) Siren
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Answer Key

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

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