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. Telemachus is overrun with ________, who sponge off of him and his estate, making no amends.

2. After leaving the lotus-eaters, what do Odysseus and his ships find in Book 9?

3. Why did Odysseus and Ajax fight?

4. What announcement does Telemachus make to the suitors of his hall in Book 1?

5. In Book 11, who is first to visit Odysseus from the dead?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What do the suitors think of Telemachus leaving Ithaca? What are their fears?

4. What is similar to Odysseus' real plight in his fictional tale to Eumaeus in Book 14?

5. How does Telemachus assert himself to his mother during the trial of the bow?

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

7. Describe Nausicaa's character.

8. Is the ending satisfying to readers? Why or why not?

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

10. What are the suitors' fears now that Telemachus has escaped their plot in Book 16?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Odysseus is gone from home for a long time. He experiences more than most men. Dissect his journey and analyze its parts. Which part of his journey could he have changed easily and, thereby, returned home sooner? Why?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

The immortals personify the natural elements on Earth. As nature, they are omnipresent and humans are subject to their whims and their will. In many ways, this is the story of man vs. nature. Discuss various examples of how the gods through nature challenge Odysseus, and how he is able to overcome nature.

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