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) forget about their home
C) plunder their goods
D) slaughter the cattle
  • 2. Why does Odysseus think that they were defeated by the Cicones?
A) they weren't as strong
B) they were not in Zeus' favor
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) nothing
C) anger at his crew for wanting to stay
D) relaxation from being worry-free
  • 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) they turn into swine
B) the forget about home
C) they die
D) they kill themselves
  • 6. What type of figurative language is used in the description of dawn coming "with ringlets shining"?
A) imagery
B) personification
C) metaphor
D) hyperbole
  • 7. Why does Odysseus not kill Polyphemus when he first gets the opportunity to do so?
A) He was afraid of Polyphemus' power.
B) He knew he would feel guilty.
C) Polyphemus was sleeping.
D) They needed Polyphemus to move the boulder.
  • 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) Think before you act.
B) Tell others about your accomplishments.
C) Don't get trapped in a cave with a monster.
D) Take responsibility for your actions.
  • 10. Insidious means:
A) in a sad and lonely state
B) characterized by treachery
C) holds dear
D) finished quickly
  • 11. What does the ghost of Elpenor request of Odysseus?
A) that he leave the cattle alone
B) that he pray to Zeus
C) that Odysseus bury him
D) that he go home
  • 12. What does Tiresias foretell?
A) All of these
B) Poseidon will seek revenge for stabbing Polyphemus.
C) They will encounter the cattle of Helios.
D) If the cattle are harmed, Odysseus' crew will be destroyed.
  • 13. How did Odysseus react upon the sight of his mother?
A) He shakes her hand.
B) He doesn't look at her.
C) He hugs her.
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 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) earplugs
B) rope
C) beeswax
D) prayer
  • 17. Scylla is a:
A) a beautiful singing nymph
B) a powerful sorceress
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) 6
D) none
  • 19. Which saying best describes the episode of Scylla and Charybdis?
A) "Don't put your foot in your mouth."
B) "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer."
C) "Don't let the cat out of the bag."
D) "Caught between a rock and a hard place."
  • 20. Left in a sad and lonely state is:
A) dispatched
B) bereft
C) cherishes
D) mammoth
  • 21. According to Eurylochus, which type of death is the worst?
A) burning
B) being eaten alive
C) starvation
D) drowning
  • 22. Which god becomes angry at Odysseus and his crew for destroying his cattle?
A) Poseidon
B) Zeus
C) Helios
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) Zeus
B) Agamemnon
C) Athena
D) Poseidon
  • 25. Which of the following is an epithet in The Odyssey?
A) monster of gray rock
B) dawn's rosy fingertips
C) master of landways and seaways
D) All of these
  • 26. After turning Odysseus' men into swine, _______________ eventually gives Odysseus and his men valuable advice.
A) Calypso
B) Circe
C) Siren
D) Scylla
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Answer Key

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

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