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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Poseidon call to disrupt Odysseus' easy passage to Phaecia?
(a) The Hurricanes.
(b) Tsunami-like waves.
(c) The Kraken.
(d) The four winds.

2. Why were Menelaus and his ships stuck for 20 days?
(a) No winds stirred.
(b) He failed to make a proper sacrifice.
(c) He wanted to acquire more treasure.
(d) He was disoriented.

3. What is Nestor doing when Telemachus arrives in Pylos?
(a) He is holding a feast in honor of Athene.
(b) He is holding a feast in honor of Zeus.
(c) He is holding a feast in honor of Hermes.
(d) He is holding a feast in honor of Poseidon.

4. To which goddess does Odysseus compare Nausicaa in Book 6?
(a) Calypso.
(b) Artemis.
(c) Aphrodite.
(d) Athena.

5. Where is Telemachus going during this journey?
(a) Sparta and Pylos.
(b) Pylos and Ephryra.
(c) Ephyra and Crete.
(d) Sparta and Taphos.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who reads the sign given while Telemachus calls upon Zeus in Book 2?

2. Penelope learns about the suitors' plan for Telemachus from a page, but what does she learn from her sister's phantom?

3. According to Nestor, who wanted the Achaeans to suffer on the way home from Troy?

4. In Book 1, who seeks to punish Odysseus interminably?

5. Having left Ogygia and survived Poseidon's attack, what is Odysseus' new problem, now that he spots land?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Book 17, why does Telemachus sit amongst Odysseus' old friends when he returns home?

2. Describe Eurylochus' actions in Book 12. What kind of man is he?

3. In Book 20, why does Athene make the suitors laugh uncontrollably?

4. Why does Telemachus lie to Antinous and Eurymachus, telling them Odysseus is dead?

5. In what ways does Odysseus reveal his crafty mind in his encounter with the cyclops?

6. What does Hercules serves as a reminder for/about?

7. Why does Homer begin the last book in the halls of the dead?

8. Which men support Telemachus at the assembly in Book 2? Why do they support him, and how are they treated by the others?

9. Explain the circumstances that lead Athene to intervene on Odysseus' behalf at the very beginning of the poem.

10. In Book 23, Telemachus calls his mother's reaction to Odysseus cold and unfeeling. What does it reveal about her character?

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