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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. Who gets Telemachus' supplies of wine and barley for his quest?

2. In what state do the Nausicaa's women, who are playing a game while waiting for the clothes to dry, find the sheltering Odysseus?

3. How does Penelope keep from marrying one of the suitors?

4. Which of his six remaining sons does Nestor send with Telemachus in Book 3?

5. What sign is witnessed by the entire assembly when Telemachus calls upon Zeus for justice in Book 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. What kind of hospitality does Telemachus offer the old man in Book 16?

2. Why doesn't Odysseus' journey end when he slays the suitors and gets his vengeance in Book 11?

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

4. Why is Poseidon still upset with Odysseus in Book 13? Why does he now seek vengeance against the Phaecians? What can they do?

5. Why does Odysseus reveal himself to Eumaeus and Philoetius?

6. Why does Circe help Odysseus in Book 10?

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

8. Is it necessary for Odysseus to threaten Eurycleia when she recognizes him?

9. Why does Athene want to cause Odysseus suffering and pain when she prods the suitors to abuse him in his own house in Book 18?

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

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

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.

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