The Odyssey, Part I
  • 1. Which of the following do the men NOT do on the island of Ismarus?
A) plunder their goods
B) forget about their home
C) slaughter the cattle
D) enslave the women
  • 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) longings for home
B) relaxation from being worry-free
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) his crew
B) the current in the ocean
C) the East, North, and South winds
D) a sea monster
  • 5. What happens to the crew members who eat the lotus?
A) the forget about home
B) they die
C) they turn into swine
D) they kill themselves
  • 6. What type of figurative language is used in the description of dawn coming "with ringlets shining"?
A) hyperbole
B) imagery
C) metaphor
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) Polyphemus was sleeping.
C) He was afraid of Polyphemus' power.
D) He knew he would feel guilty.
  • 8. What does Odysseus do to escape from Polyphemus?
A) He exited the cave with the rams.
B) All of these.
C) He tied himself to the belly of a sheep.
D) He stabbed him in the eye.
  • 9. What lessons could people today learn from the Cyclops episode?
A) Think before you act.
B) Take responsibility for your actions.
C) Tell others about your accomplishments.
D) Don't get trapped in a cave with a monster.
  • 10. Insidious means:
A) in a sad and lonely state
B) characterized by treachery
C) finished quickly
D) holds dear
  • 11. What does the ghost of Elpenor request of Odysseus?
A) that he leave the cattle alone
B) that Odysseus bury him
C) that he go home
D) that he pray to Zeus
  • 12. What does Tiresias foretell?
A) All of these
B) They will encounter the cattle of Helios.
C) If the cattle are harmed, Odysseus' crew will be destroyed.
D) Poseidon will seek revenge for stabbing Polyphemus.
  • 13. How did Odysseus react upon the sight of his mother?
A) He doesn't look at her.
B) He hugs her.
C) He shakes her hand.
D) He openly grieves.
  • 14. What does Odysseus' crew do to him so that he can resist the Sirens' song?
A) They tie him up.
B) They send him under the deck.
C) They put beeswax over their ears.
D) They send him to bed.
  • 15. A squall washed the ship ashore. What does squall mean?
A) enormous
B) a strong wind
C) goods taken by force
D) a violent storm
  • 16. What does Odysseus use to protect his crew from the Sirens' song?
A) beeswax
B) rope
C) earplugs
D) prayer
  • 17. Scylla is a:
A) a whirlpool in the ocean
B) a beautiful singing nymph
C) a powerful sorceress
D) monster made of gray rock
  • 18. How many of Odysseus' men does Scylla kill?
A) all of them
B) 8
C) 6
D) none
  • 19. Which saying best describes the episode of Scylla and Charybdis?
A) "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer."
B) "Don't let the cat out of the bag."
C) "Don't put your foot in your mouth."
D) "Caught between a rock and a hard place."
  • 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) drowning
B) burning
C) being eaten alive
D) starvation
  • 22. Which god becomes angry at Odysseus and his crew for destroying his cattle?
A) Poseidon
B) Polyphemus
C) Zeus
D) Helios
  • 23. How does Odysseus manage to escape Charybdis?
A) by building a boat
B) by clinging to a fig tree
C) by praying to Zeus
D) none of these
  • 24. Who is the most powerful of the gods?
A) Athena
B) Poseidon
C) Zeus
D) Agamemnon
  • 25. Which of the following is an epithet in The Odyssey?
A) All of these
B) master of landways and seaways
C) dawn's rosy fingertips
D) monster of gray rock
  • 26. After turning Odysseus' men into swine, _______________ eventually gives Odysseus and his men valuable advice.
A) Circe
B) Calypso
C) Siren
D) Scylla
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Answer Key

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

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