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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did Odysseus and Ajax fight?

2. Once Ino gives Odysseus help to survive Poseidon assault on the open sea, how many more days does Odysseus drift until he sees land?

3. What is Nausicaa's greatest concern for the trip back to her father's house from the river?

4. How many youths are chosen for the black ship that Alcinous will provide Odysseus?

5. How long do Odysseus and his men stay with Circe in Book 10?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Eumaeus think will happen to the old man if he approaches the suitors for work? Why?

2. Why do the rest of the men (aside from the suitors) gathered at the assembly fail to speak or act in Book 2?

3. Enumerate Telemachus' problem - why has he called the leaders of Ithaca together?

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

5. Why does Telemachus take advice from Mentes, a relative stranger to him, in Book 1?

6. Does Nausicaa act properly towards Odysseus when giving aid in Book 6?

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

8. How is Odysseus discovered by the maids of Phaecia?

9. Why is Eurymachus' offer of recompense not enough for Odysseus?

10. Explain Odysseus' reaction to Calypso and Ino's help in Book 5.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Even though women are afforded very little in terms of respect, if goddesses did not aid Odysseus, he would not have made it home. Reconcile the disparity between their importance to his survival and the view of women in Ancient Greece.

Essay Topic 2

Homer repeats that Zeus is the friend and patron of strangers and supplicants. Odysseus finds himself at the mercy of others with mixed success. One end of his trip he is cursed for defending himself when mercy isn't shown, and the other end of his trip he is sent home like a god. Why doesn't Zeus punish the cyclops, or why is Odysseus allowed to be punished?

Essay Topic 3

In order to be a leader, generally a person must exhibit certain qualities - nobility, honesty, and chivalry just to name a few. Having a good helping of charisma goes a long way as well. Antinous and Eurymachus are leaders among the suitors, a group of men who lack many positive qualities. Compare the two men. Evaluate which is the better man by determining who has more qualities that are positive and defining what those qualities are.

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