The Odyssey, Part I
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  • 1. Which of the following do the men NOT do on the island of Ismarus?
A) forget about their home
B) plunder their goods
C) slaughter the cattle
D) enslave the women
  • 2. Why does Odysseus think that they were defeated by the Cicones?
A) they weren't as strong
B) the Cicones were angry at them for plundering their island
C) they were not in Zeus' favor
D) they were tired and hungry after traveling
  • 3. What is Odysseus feeling while being held captive by Calypso?
A) anger at his crew for wanting to stay
B) longings for home
C) relaxation from being worry-free
D) nothing
  • 4. In the beginning of "The Lotus Eaters," what keeps Odysseus from reaching home?
A) the East, North, and South winds
B) a sea monster
C) his crew
D) the current in the ocean
  • 5. What happens to the crew members who eat the lotus?
A) they kill themselves
B) they die
C) they turn into swine
D) the forget about home
  • 6. What type of figurative language is used in the description of dawn coming "with ringlets shining"?
A) personification
B) imagery
C) hyperbole
D) metaphor
  • 7. Why does Odysseus not kill Polyphemus when he first gets the opportunity to do so?
A) He was afraid of Polyphemus' power.
B) Polyphemus was sleeping.
C) They needed Polyphemus to move the boulder.
D) He knew he would feel guilty.
  • 8. What does Odysseus do to escape from Polyphemus?
A) All of these.
B) He exited the cave with the rams.
C) He tied himself to the belly of a sheep.
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) Think before you act.
D) Tell others about your accomplishments.
  • 10. Insidious means:
A) finished quickly
B) characterized by treachery
C) holds dear
D) in a sad and lonely state
  • 11. What does the ghost of Elpenor request of Odysseus?
A) that he leave the cattle alone
B) that Odysseus bury him
C) that he pray to Zeus
D) that he go home
  • 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 doesn't look at her.
C) He shakes her hand.
D) He hugs 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) a strong wind
B) goods taken by force
C) enormous
D) a violent storm
  • 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 whirlpool in the ocean
B) monster made of gray rock
C) a powerful sorceress
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) "Don't put your foot in your mouth."
C) "Caught between a rock and a hard place."
D) "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer."
  • 20. Left in a sad and lonely state is:
A) mammoth
B) cherishes
C) dispatched
D) bereft
  • 21. According to Eurylochus, which type of death is the worst?
A) starvation
B) being eaten alive
C) burning
D) drowning
  • 22. Which god becomes angry at Odysseus and his crew for destroying his cattle?
A) Zeus
B) Helios
C) Polyphemus
D) Poseidon
  • 23. How does Odysseus manage to escape Charybdis?
A) by clinging to a fig tree
B) none of these
C) by praying to Zeus
D) by building a boat
  • 24. Who is the most powerful of the gods?
A) Agamemnon
B) Zeus
C) Athena
D) Poseidon
  • 25. Which of the following is an epithet in The Odyssey?
A) master of landways and seaways
B) monster of gray rock
C) All of these
D) dawn's rosy fingertips
  • 26. After turning Odysseus' men into swine, _______________ eventually gives Odysseus and his men valuable advice.
A) Siren
B) Calypso
C) Circe
D) Scylla
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Answer Key

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

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