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) enslave the women
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 tired and hungry after traveling
C) the Cicones were angry at them for plundering their island
D) they were not in Zeus' favor
  • 3. What is Odysseus feeling while being held captive by Calypso?
A) nothing
B) longings for home
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) the current in the ocean
B) the East, North, and South winds
C) a sea monster
D) his crew
  • 5. What happens to the crew members who eat the lotus?
A) they kill themselves
B) they turn into swine
C) the forget about home
D) they die
  • 6. What type of figurative language is used in the description of dawn coming "with ringlets shining"?
A) hyperbole
B) metaphor
C) imagery
D) personification
  • 7. Why does Odysseus not kill Polyphemus when he first gets the opportunity to do so?
A) Polyphemus was sleeping.
B) He was afraid of Polyphemus' power.
C) He knew he would feel guilty.
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 stabbed him in the eye.
C) All of these.
D) He exited the cave with the rams.
  • 9. What lessons could people today learn from the Cyclops episode?
A) Tell others about your accomplishments.
B) Take responsibility for your actions.
C) Think before you act.
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) holds dear
D) characterized by treachery
  • 11. What does the ghost of Elpenor request of Odysseus?
A) that he leave the cattle alone
B) that he go home
C) that he pray to Zeus
D) that Odysseus bury him
  • 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) All of these
D) Poseidon will seek revenge for stabbing Polyphemus.
  • 13. How did Odysseus react upon the sight of his mother?
A) He openly grieves.
B) He shakes her hand.
C) He doesn't look at her.
D) He hugs her.
  • 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 tie him up.
C) They send him to bed.
D) They put beeswax over their ears.
  • 15. A squall washed the ship ashore. What does squall mean?
A) goods taken by force
B) a strong wind
C) enormous
D) a violent storm
  • 16. What does Odysseus use to protect his crew from the Sirens' song?
A) prayer
B) rope
C) beeswax
D) earplugs
  • 17. Scylla is a:
A) monster made of gray rock
B) a beautiful singing nymph
C) a powerful sorceress
D) a whirlpool in the ocean
  • 18. How many of Odysseus' men does Scylla kill?
A) none
B) 8
C) all of them
D) 6
  • 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) mammoth
C) dispatched
D) bereft
  • 21. According to Eurylochus, which type of death is the worst?
A) drowning
B) being eaten alive
C) starvation
D) burning
  • 22. Which god becomes angry at Odysseus and his crew for destroying his cattle?
A) Polyphemus
B) Zeus
C) Helios
D) Poseidon
  • 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) Zeus
B) Agamemnon
C) Athena
D) Poseidon
  • 25. Which of the following is an epithet in The Odyssey?
A) master of landways and seaways
B) All of these
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) Scylla
B) Circe
C) Calypso
D) Siren
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Answer Key

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

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