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

2. How many men does Odysseus lose to the Cyclops?

3. Who interrupts Phemius' sad song of the Achaeans in Book 1?

4. What form does Athena take to guide Odysseus to Alcinous' palace?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Nestor tell Telemachus of Odysseus during Telemachus' visit in Book 3?

2. 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?

3. Describe Poseidon's attack on Odysseus in Book 5.

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

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

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

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

8. Which men support Telemachus at the assembly in Book 2? Why do they support him, and how are they treated by the others?

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

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

Penelope uses two devices that delay making a decision about marriage and manipulate the suitors. Appraise the effectiveness of each device towards her overall goal. Upon what does each rely? What does each device reveal about her potential husband? Evaluate which device was most useful for her purposes.

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