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) slaughter the cattle
C) enslave the women
D) forget about their home
  • 2. Why does Odysseus think that they were defeated by the Cicones?
A) they weren't as strong
B) they were tired and hungry after traveling
C) they were not in Zeus' favor
D) the Cicones were angry at them for plundering their island
  • 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) the East, North, and South winds
C) the current in the ocean
D) his crew
  • 5. What happens to the crew members who eat the lotus?
A) they turn into swine
B) they kill themselves
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) imagery
C) hyperbole
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) He tied himself to the belly of a sheep.
B) He exited the cave with the rams.
C) He stabbed him in the eye.
D) All of these.
  • 9. What lessons could people today learn from the Cyclops episode?
A) Don't get trapped in a cave with a monster.
B) Take responsibility for your actions.
C) Tell others about your accomplishments.
D) Think before you act.
  • 10. Insidious means:
A) finished quickly
B) holds dear
C) in a sad and lonely state
D) characterized by treachery
  • 11. What does the ghost of Elpenor request of Odysseus?
A) that Odysseus bury him
B) that he leave the cattle alone
C) that he pray to Zeus
D) that he go home
  • 12. What does Tiresias foretell?
A) If the cattle are harmed, Odysseus' crew will be destroyed.
B) Poseidon will seek revenge for stabbing Polyphemus.
C) They will encounter the cattle of Helios.
D) All of these
  • 13. How did Odysseus react upon the sight of his mother?
A) He openly grieves.
B) He hugs her.
C) He shakes her hand.
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 put beeswax over their ears.
C) They send him to bed.
D) They send him under the deck.
  • 15. A squall washed the ship ashore. What does squall mean?
A) goods taken by force
B) a violent storm
C) enormous
D) a strong wind
  • 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 beautiful singing nymph
B) monster made of gray rock
C) a whirlpool in the ocean
D) a powerful sorceress
  • 18. How many of Odysseus' men does Scylla kill?
A) none
B) 8
C) all of them
D) 6
  • 19. Which saying best describes the episode of Scylla and Charybdis?
A) "Caught between a rock and a hard place."
B) "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer."
C) "Don't put your foot in your mouth."
D) "Don't let the cat out of the bag."
  • 20. Left in a sad and lonely state is:
A) cherishes
B) dispatched
C) bereft
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) Zeus
B) Helios
C) Polyphemus
D) Poseidon
  • 23. How does Odysseus manage to escape Charybdis?
A) by building a boat
B) by clinging to a fig tree
C) none of these
D) by praying to Zeus
  • 24. Who is the most powerful of the gods?
A) Athena
B) Poseidon
C) Agamemnon
D) Zeus
  • 25. Which of the following is an epithet in The Odyssey?
A) master of landways and seaways
B) monster of gray rock
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) Calypso
D) Circe
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Answer Key

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

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