The Odyssey, Part I
  • 1. Which of the following do the men NOT do on the island of Ismarus?
A) slaughter the cattle
B) plunder their goods
C) forget about their home
D) enslave the women
  • 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) the Cicones were angry at them for plundering their island
D) they weren't as strong
  • 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) his crew
C) the East, North, and South winds
D) a sea monster
  • 5. What happens to the crew members who eat the lotus?
A) they kill themselves
B) they turn into swine
C) they die
D) the forget about home
  • 6. What type of figurative language is used in the description of dawn coming "with ringlets shining"?
A) hyperbole
B) personification
C) imagery
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 was afraid of Polyphemus' power.
C) He knew he would feel guilty.
D) Polyphemus was sleeping.
  • 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 stabbed him in the eye.
D) He exited the cave with the rams.
  • 9. What lessons could people today learn from the Cyclops episode?
A) Take responsibility for your actions.
B) Think before you act.
C) Tell others about your accomplishments.
D) Don't get trapped in a cave with a monster.
  • 10. Insidious means:
A) holds dear
B) characterized by treachery
C) in a sad and lonely state
D) finished quickly
  • 11. What does the ghost of Elpenor request of Odysseus?
A) that he pray to Zeus
B) that he go home
C) that Odysseus bury him
D) that he leave the cattle alone
  • 12. What does Tiresias foretell?
A) They will encounter the cattle of Helios.
B) All of these
C) If the cattle are harmed, Odysseus' crew will be destroyed.
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 hugs her.
C) He doesn't look at her.
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 under the deck.
B) They put beeswax over their ears.
C) They tie him up.
D) They send him to bed.
  • 15. A squall washed the ship ashore. What does squall mean?
A) a strong wind
B) a violent storm
C) goods taken by force
D) enormous
  • 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) a whirlpool in the ocean
B) a powerful sorceress
C) monster made of gray rock
D) a beautiful singing nymph
  • 18. How many of Odysseus' men does Scylla kill?
A) none
B) 6
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) "Caught between a rock and a hard place."
C) "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer."
D) "Don't put your foot in your mouth."
  • 20. Left in a sad and lonely state is:
A) mammoth
B) bereft
C) cherishes
D) dispatched
  • 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) Helios
B) Polyphemus
C) Zeus
D) Poseidon
  • 23. How does Odysseus manage to escape Charybdis?
A) by clinging to a fig tree
B) by building a boat
C) none of these
D) by praying to Zeus
  • 24. Who is the most powerful of the gods?
A) Zeus
B) Athena
C) Agamemnon
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) Scylla
B) Siren
C) Calypso
D) Circe
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Answer Key

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

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