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. Who went disguised as a page in Book 8 throughout the town, encouraging people to hear about the stranger?

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

3. In Chapter 12, with his ship destroyed, Odysseus drifts until he reaches _____________.

4. In Book 7, why does Athena cloak Odysseus in clouds on his walk to the palace?

5. Who gets Telemachus' supplies of wine and barley for his quest?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the story of Ares and Aphrodite teach?

2. Describe the exchange between Odysseus and the shepherd boy in Book 13. What does it show about Odysseus' nature?

3. Describe the suitors' reaction to Telemachus calling a meeting of the assembly in Book 1.

4. Even though Poseidon acknowledges Odysseus's fate, he continues to punish him. Why?

5. What makes Eumaeus a loyal servant and friend?

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

7. Describe Eurylochus' actions in Book 12. What kind of man is he?

8. In Book 23, Telemachus calls his mother's reaction to Odysseus cold and unfeeling. What does it reveal about her character?

9. Describe Nestor, King of Pylos.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

As one of the first epic poems of the Western world, The Odyssey is the model from which scholars have dissected and labeled other poems that have followed. Identify the poetic conventions of the epic poem, providing examples from the text to support its use as the model.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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