The Odyssey, Part I
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  • 1. Which of the following do the men NOT do on the island of Ismarus?
A) forget about their home
B) enslave the women
C) plunder their goods
D) slaughter the cattle
  • 2. Why does Odysseus think that they were defeated by the Cicones?
A) they were tired and hungry after traveling
B) they were not in Zeus' favor
C) they weren't as strong
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) longings for home
C) anger at his crew for wanting to stay
D) nothing
  • 4. In the beginning of "The Lotus Eaters," what keeps Odysseus from reaching home?
A) the current in the ocean
B) his crew
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 kill themselves
C) they die
D) they turn into swine
  • 6. What type of figurative language is used in the description of dawn coming "with ringlets shining"?
A) imagery
B) metaphor
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 exited the cave with the rams.
B) All of these.
C) He stabbed him in the eye.
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) Think before you act.
C) Take responsibility for your actions.
D) Don't get trapped in a cave with a monster.
  • 10. Insidious means:
A) finished quickly
B) in a sad and lonely state
C) characterized by treachery
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) 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 put beeswax over their ears.
B) They send him to bed.
C) They send him under the deck.
D) They tie him up.
  • 15. A squall washed the ship ashore. What does squall mean?
A) a violent storm
B) a strong wind
C) goods taken by force
D) enormous
  • 16. What does Odysseus use to protect his crew from the Sirens' song?
A) rope
B) beeswax
C) prayer
D) earplugs
  • 17. Scylla is a:
A) a whirlpool in the ocean
B) a powerful sorceress
C) monster made of gray rock
D) a beautiful singing nymph
  • 18. How many of Odysseus' men does Scylla kill?
A) 6
B) all of them
C) 8
D) none
  • 19. Which saying best describes the episode of Scylla and Charybdis?
A) "Don't put your foot in your mouth."
B) "Caught between a rock and a hard place."
C) "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer."
D) "Don't let the cat out of the bag."
  • 20. Left in a sad and lonely state is:
A) cherishes
B) bereft
C) mammoth
D) dispatched
  • 21. According to Eurylochus, which type of death is the worst?
A) starvation
B) being eaten alive
C) drowning
D) burning
  • 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) none of these
B) by praying to Zeus
C) by clinging to a fig tree
D) by building a boat
  • 24. Who is the most powerful of the gods?
A) Poseidon
B) Athena
C) Agamemnon
D) Zeus
  • 25. Which of the following is an epithet in The Odyssey?
A) dawn's rosy fingertips
B) All of these
C) master of landways and seaways
D) monster of gray rock
  • 26. After turning Odysseus' men into swine, _______________ eventually gives Odysseus and his men valuable advice.
A) Calypso
B) Siren
C) Scylla
D) Circe
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Answer Key

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

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