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 does Ino give Odysseus to save his life when he loses his raft to Poseidon?

2. How does Eurylochus convince Odysseus to land on Thrinacia?

3. While making announcements after Mentes' visit in Book 1, what else does Telemachus tell the suitors of his hall?

4. How did Odysseus appear after his bath in Book 6?

5. During this assembly, who does Antinous blame for Telemachus' problem?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Nestor, King of Pylos.

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

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

6. Enumerate Telemachus' problem - why has he called the leaders of Ithaca together?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

This poem contains the stories of five pairs of husbands and wives. Explain what is to be learned about marriage from each pair. This should also include a discussion of the roles of men and women.

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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