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

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

3. How does Athene reveal herself to the men gathered at Nestor's palace?

4. What is unique about Demodocus the bard?

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Odysseus tell Polyphemus his true name?

2. Why does Menelaus mourn so much for Odysseus?

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

4. In Book 17, what more is discovered about Antinous through his actions towards the beggars?

5. Describe Nestor, King of Pylos.

6. According to Nestor and Menelaus, was the war worth the cost?

7. In Book 3, what can be learned from the story of Agamemnon's murder since the reader is seeing it a second time?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

By personally intervening, Athena shows to Achaeans that both Odysseus and Telemachus are valuable. What does each man possess that is considered important among the Achaeans at this time? Use the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Disguise is an important trick Athena uses to aid Odysseus.

1) Discuss the three different types of disguises she uses to hide Odysseus.

2) Discuss the kinds of disguises she uses for herself.

3) What is the significance of disguise to the entire poem?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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