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) slaughter the cattle
D) plunder their goods
  • 2. Why does Odysseus think that they were defeated by the Cicones?
A) they were not in Zeus' favor
B) the Cicones were angry at them for plundering their island
C) they were tired and hungry after traveling
D) they weren't as strong
  • 3. What is Odysseus feeling while being held captive by Calypso?
A) anger at his crew for wanting to stay
B) relaxation from being worry-free
C) nothing
D) longings for home
  • 4. In the beginning of "The Lotus Eaters," what keeps Odysseus from reaching home?
A) the East, North, and South winds
B) his crew
C) the current in the ocean
D) a sea monster
  • 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) imagery
C) personification
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) Polyphemus was sleeping.
C) He knew he would feel guilty.
D) He was afraid of Polyphemus' power.
  • 8. What does Odysseus do to escape from Polyphemus?
A) He tied himself to the belly of a sheep.
B) All of these.
C) He exited the cave with the rams.
D) He stabbed him in the eye.
  • 9. What lessons could people today learn from the Cyclops episode?
A) Take responsibility for your actions.
B) Don't get trapped in a cave with a monster.
C) Tell others about your accomplishments.
D) Think before you act.
  • 10. Insidious means:
A) finished quickly
B) holds dear
C) in a sad and lonely state
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 pray to Zeus
D) that he leave the cattle alone
  • 12. What does Tiresias foretell?
A) Poseidon will seek revenge for stabbing Polyphemus.
B) All of these
C) If the cattle are harmed, Odysseus' crew will be destroyed.
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 openly grieves.
C) He shakes her hand.
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 send him under the deck.
B) They send him to bed.
C) They tie him up.
D) They put beeswax over their ears.
  • 15. A squall washed the ship ashore. What does squall mean?
A) enormous
B) a violent storm
C) a strong wind
D) goods taken by force
  • 16. What does Odysseus use to protect his crew from the Sirens' song?
A) rope
B) beeswax
C) earplugs
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) 8
B) none
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 put your foot in your mouth."
C) "Caught between a rock and a hard place."
D) "Don't let the cat out of the bag."
  • 20. Left in a sad and lonely state is:
A) cherishes
B) mammoth
C) bereft
D) dispatched
  • 21. According to Eurylochus, which type of death is the worst?
A) burning
B) being eaten alive
C) drowning
D) starvation
  • 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 clinging to a fig tree
B) none of these
C) by building a boat
D) by praying to Zeus
  • 24. Who is the most powerful of the gods?
A) Agamemnon
B) Poseidon
C) Zeus
D) Athena
  • 25. Which of the following is an epithet in The Odyssey?
A) All of these
B) master of landways and seaways
C) monster of gray rock
D) dawn's rosy fingertips
  • 26. After turning Odysseus' men into swine, _______________ eventually gives Odysseus and his men valuable advice.
A) Siren
B) Scylla
C) Circe
D) Calypso
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Answer Key

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

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