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1. Why is Odysseus standing outside of Ajax's tent at the beginning of the play?

Odysseus is standing outside of Ajax's tent at the beginning of the play because he is trying to determine if Ajax is inside the tent. Odysseus wants to determine if the rumors he heard about Ajax slaughtering a herd of cattle are true or not.

2. What does Athena say when she first appears to Odysseus and why does she appear?

When Athena first appears to Odysseus, she compliments him on having found who he was looking for, and asks why he is there. Athena appears because she is the protector of the Greeks, and she is there to protect Odysseus.

3. What started the Trojan War?

The Trojan War was started when the Greeks attacked Troy to rescue Helen, the wife to King Menelaus of Sparta. Helen was kidnapped by a Trojan prince.

4. Describe Odysseus.

Odysseus is also known as the King of Ithaca, and is one of the Greek generals. Odysseus is renowned for his intellect rather than his prowess in battle.

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