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. After his battle with Poseidon in Book 5, where does Odysseus find shelter in the land on which he has just arrived?

2. Odysseus and his men have just landed on an island after the lotus-eaters. Why does Odysseus leave this place the next morning?

3. Helen and Menelaus tell tales of Odysseus' exploits in Troy. What story does Menelaus tell?

4. What does Poseidon call to disrupt Odysseus' easy passage to Phaecia?

5. What does Circe turn Odysseus' crew into in Book 10?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do the rest of the men (aside from the suitors) gathered at the assembly fail to speak or act in Book 2?

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

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

4. What kind of hospitality does Telemachus offer the old man in Book 16?

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

6. What makes Eumaeus a loyal servant and friend?

7. What is interesting in Penelope's appearance to the suitors after the boxing match between Odysseus and Irus?

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

9. Why does Telemachus take advice from Mentes, a relative stranger to him, in Book 1?

10. Why does Odysseus tell Polyphemus his true name?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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 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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