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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. While Telemachus is in Lycaedaemon, what plan do the suitors devise to punish Telemachus for leaving?

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

3. When sadness grips the feasting in her hall, causing Menelaus and his visitors to cry in remembrance of friends lost in Troy, what does Helen do to the wine?

4. As Odysseus and his men push away from the Cyclops island, what does Odysseus do?

5. In which contest in Book 8 does Odysseus first outstrip all others?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain Odysseus' reaction to Calypso and Ino's help in Book 5.

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

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

5. In what ways was Odysseus' naming prophetic?

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

7. Why does Odysseus tell Polyphemus his true name?

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

9. Why does Telemachus lie to Antinous and Eurymachus, telling them Odysseus is dead?

10. Recount the most recent part of Odysseus' story of woe, as told in Book 7.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In order to be a leader, generally a person must exhibit certain qualities - nobility, honesty, and chivalry just to name a few. Having a good helping of charisma goes a long way as well. Antinous and Eurymachus are leaders among the suitors, a group of men who lack many positive qualities. Compare the two men. Evaluate which is the better man by determining who has more qualities that are positive and defining what those qualities are.

Essay Topic 2

Athena, the goddess of wisdom, cleverly lobbies for Odysseus' return home with her uncle is away from Mt. Olympus. Though she does not openly oppose him, her actions aid someone whom Poseidon despises. Who is more powerful? Why?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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