The Odyssey, Part I
  • 1. Which of the following do the men NOT do on the island of Ismarus?
A) enslave the women
B) plunder their goods
C) slaughter the cattle
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) longings for home
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 East, North, and South winds
C) a sea monster
D) the current in the ocean
  • 5. What happens to the crew members who eat the lotus?
A) the forget about home
B) they turn into swine
C) they kill themselves
D) they die
  • 6. What type of figurative language is used in the description of dawn coming "with ringlets shining"?
A) hyperbole
B) personification
C) metaphor
D) imagery
  • 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) He was afraid of Polyphemus' power.
D) Polyphemus was sleeping.
  • 8. What does Odysseus do to escape from Polyphemus?
A) All of these.
B) He stabbed him in the eye.
C) He exited the cave with the rams.
D) He tied himself to the belly of a sheep.
  • 9. What lessons could people today learn from the Cyclops episode?
A) Tell others about your accomplishments.
B) Take responsibility for your actions.
C) Don't get trapped in a cave with a monster.
D) Think before you act.
  • 10. Insidious means:
A) characterized by treachery
B) finished quickly
C) in a sad and lonely state
D) holds dear
  • 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 go home
D) that he pray to Zeus
  • 12. What does Tiresias foretell?
A) They will encounter the cattle of Helios.
B) If the cattle are harmed, Odysseus' crew will be destroyed.
C) Poseidon will seek revenge for stabbing Polyphemus.
D) All of these
  • 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 under the deck.
B) They put beeswax over their ears.
C) They tie him up.
D) They send him to bed.
  • 15. A squall washed the ship ashore. What does squall mean?
A) a strong wind
B) a violent storm
C) goods taken by force
D) enormous
  • 16. What does Odysseus use to protect his crew from the Sirens' song?
A) prayer
B) earplugs
C) beeswax
D) rope
  • 17. Scylla is a:
A) a beautiful singing nymph
B) a whirlpool in the ocean
C) monster made of gray rock
D) a powerful sorceress
  • 18. How many of Odysseus' men does Scylla kill?
A) none
B) all of them
C) 8
D) 6
  • 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) "Don't put your foot in your mouth."
D) "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer."
  • 20. Left in a sad and lonely state is:
A) mammoth
B) cherishes
C) bereft
D) dispatched
  • 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) Zeus
B) Polyphemus
C) Helios
D) Poseidon
  • 23. How does Odysseus manage to escape Charybdis?
A) by praying to Zeus
B) by clinging to a fig tree
C) by building a boat
D) none of these
  • 24. Who is the most powerful of the gods?
A) Poseidon
B) Zeus
C) Athena
D) Agamemnon
  • 25. Which of the following is an epithet in The Odyssey?
A) All of these
B) dawn's rosy fingertips
C) monster of gray rock
D) master of landways and seaways
  • 26. After turning Odysseus' men into swine, _______________ eventually gives Odysseus and his men valuable advice.
A) Calypso
B) Siren
C) Circe
D) Scylla
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Answer Key

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

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