The Odyssey, Part I
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  • 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 were tired and hungry after traveling
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) nothing
B) relaxation from being worry-free
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) the current in the ocean
B) a sea monster
C) the East, North, and South winds
D) his crew
  • 5. What happens to the crew members who eat the lotus?
A) they turn into swine
B) the forget about home
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) personification
B) imagery
C) hyperbole
D) metaphor
  • 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) He knew he would feel guilty.
C) He was afraid of Polyphemus' power.
D) Polyphemus was sleeping.
  • 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) Tell others about your accomplishments.
B) Don't get trapped in a cave with a monster.
C) Think before you act.
D) Take responsibility for your actions.
  • 10. Insidious means:
A) in a sad and lonely state
B) holds dear
C) finished quickly
D) characterized by treachery
  • 11. What does the ghost of Elpenor request of Odysseus?
A) that he go home
B) that Odysseus bury him
C) that he leave the cattle alone
D) that he pray to Zeus
  • 12. What does Tiresias foretell?
A) They will encounter the cattle of Helios.
B) Poseidon will seek revenge for stabbing Polyphemus.
C) If the cattle are harmed, Odysseus' crew will be destroyed.
D) All of these
  • 13. How did Odysseus react upon the sight of his mother?
A) He doesn't look at her.
B) He hugs 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 to bed.
B) They put beeswax over their ears.
C) They tie him up.
D) They send him under the deck.
  • 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) rope
B) beeswax
C) prayer
D) earplugs
  • 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) all of them
B) 8
C) none
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 let the cat out of the bag."
D) "Don't put your foot in your mouth."
  • 20. Left in a sad and lonely state is:
A) dispatched
B) bereft
C) mammoth
D) cherishes
  • 21. According to Eurylochus, which type of death is the worst?
A) being eaten alive
B) drowning
C) burning
D) starvation
  • 22. Which god becomes angry at Odysseus and his crew for destroying his cattle?
A) Helios
B) Zeus
C) Poseidon
D) Polyphemus
  • 23. How does Odysseus manage to escape Charybdis?
A) by building a boat
B) none of these
C) by clinging to a fig tree
D) by praying to Zeus
  • 24. Who is the most powerful of the gods?
A) Agamemnon
B) Athena
C) Poseidon
D) Zeus
  • 25. Which of the following is an epithet in The Odyssey?
A) monster of gray rock
B) dawn's rosy fingertips
C) All of these
D) master of landways and seaways
  • 26. After turning Odysseus' men into swine, _______________ eventually gives Odysseus and his men valuable advice.
A) Scylla
B) Calypso
C) Circe
D) Siren
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Answer Key

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

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