The Odyssey Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. When does the magic cloud disperse from Odysseus?

2. Who speaks up in Book 7 to ask that Odysseus be given a seat in the court of Alcinous since he has come as a supplicant?

3. In Book 5, who orders Odysseus' release from Calypso?

4. To which goddess does Odysseus compare Nausicaa in Book 6?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Menelaus mourn so much for Odysseus?

2. In Book 20, what has happened to Telemachus now that Odysseus has returned?

3. Why does Athene reveal her presence to Telemachus and Nestor in Book 3?

4. What causes Odysseus' crew to open Aeolus' gift?

5. In what ways was Odysseus' naming prophetic?

6. Describe the exchange between Odysseus and the shepherd boy in Book 13. What does it show about Odysseus' nature?

7. How does Euryalus insult Odysseus when the Phaeacians are engaging in sport?

8. Describe the behavior of the suitors at the assembly in Book 2.

9. Describe Nestor, King of Pylos.

10. Odysseus tells his men about the Sirens. Why doesn't he share Circe's information and advice about Scylla and Charybdis?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

As one of the first epic poems of the Western world, The Odyssey is the model from which scholars have dissected and labeled other poems that have followed. Identify the poetic conventions of the epic poem, providing examples from the text to support its use as the model.

Essay Topic 3

Evaluate Odysseus as hero. Is he a worthy hero or is he too selfish? Use evidence from the text to support your position.

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