The Odyssey, Part I
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  • 1. Which of the following do the men NOT do on the island of Ismarus?
A) slaughter the cattle
B) enslave the women
C) plunder their goods
D) forget about their home
  • 2. Why does Odysseus think that they were defeated by the Cicones?
A) they were tired and hungry after traveling
B) they weren't as strong
C) they were not in Zeus' favor
D) the Cicones were angry at them for plundering their island
  • 3. What is Odysseus feeling while being held captive by Calypso?
A) anger at his crew for wanting to stay
B) nothing
C) relaxation from being worry-free
D) longings for home
  • 4. In the beginning of "The Lotus Eaters," what keeps Odysseus from reaching home?
A) a sea monster
B) the East, North, and South winds
C) his crew
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) metaphor
C) personification
D) imagery
  • 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 stabbed him in the eye.
B) All of these.
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) Don't get trapped in a cave with a monster.
B) Take responsibility for your actions.
C) Think before you act.
D) Tell others about your accomplishments.
  • 10. Insidious means:
A) finished quickly
B) holds dear
C) characterized by treachery
D) in a sad and lonely state
  • 11. What does the ghost of Elpenor request of Odysseus?
A) that he go home
B) that he leave the cattle alone
C) that Odysseus bury him
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) All of these
D) If the cattle are harmed, Odysseus' crew will be destroyed.
  • 13. How did Odysseus react upon the sight of his mother?
A) He hugs her.
B) He shakes her hand.
C) He openly grieves.
D) He doesn't look at her.
  • 14. What does Odysseus' crew do to him so that he can resist the Sirens' song?
A) They tie him up.
B) They send him to bed.
C) They put beeswax over their ears.
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) prayer
B) beeswax
C) earplugs
D) rope
  • 17. Scylla is a:
A) monster made of gray rock
B) a powerful sorceress
C) a whirlpool in the ocean
D) a beautiful singing nymph
  • 18. How many of Odysseus' men does Scylla kill?
A) 6
B) none
C) all of them
D) 8
  • 19. Which saying best describes the episode of Scylla and Charybdis?
A) "Don't let the cat out of the bag."
B) "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer."
C) "Caught between a rock and a hard place."
D) "Don't put your foot in your mouth."
  • 20. Left in a sad and lonely state is:
A) mammoth
B) bereft
C) dispatched
D) cherishes
  • 21. According to Eurylochus, which type of death is the worst?
A) starvation
B) drowning
C) being eaten alive
D) burning
  • 22. Which god becomes angry at Odysseus and his crew for destroying his cattle?
A) Poseidon
B) Helios
C) Zeus
D) Polyphemus
  • 23. How does Odysseus manage to escape Charybdis?
A) by praying to Zeus
B) none of these
C) by clinging to a fig tree
D) by building a boat
  • 24. Who is the most powerful of the gods?
A) Agamemnon
B) Poseidon
C) Athena
D) Zeus
  • 25. Which of the following is an epithet in The Odyssey?
A) dawn's rosy fingertips
B) monster of gray rock
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) Circe
C) Calypso
D) Siren
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Answer Key

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

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