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. In whose grove of poplar trees is Odysseus told to wait before approaching the palace in Book 6?

2. Telemachus is overrun with ________, who sponge off of him and his estate, making no amends.

3. In Book 5, who orders Odysseus' release from Calypso?

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

5. In Book 4, Helen and Menelaus tell tales of Odysseus' exploits in Troy. What story does Helen tell?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Nausicaa's character.

3. In Book 17, what more is discovered about Antinous through his actions towards the beggars?

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

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

6. Describe Odysseus' bed.

7. Is the punishment of the slave maids in Book 22 just and reasonable?

8. How does a naked Odysseus ask for help among Nausicaa and the maids?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The poem ends abruptly because there needs to be an explanation for peace. How does the ending demonstrate this society's belief in the rule of law? Without the intervention of the immortals, would the conflict continue?

Essay Topic 2

By personally intervening, Athena shows to Achaeans that both Odysseus and Telemachus are valuable. What does each man possess that is considered important among the Achaeans at this time? Use the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Vengeance and/or law being exercised fuel much of the action in this epic poem. It is an act of vengeance, which keeps Odysseus so long from his homeland? It is an act of vengeance, which slaughters the suitors? It is vengeance, which moves half the men of Ithaca to attack Odysseus on the farm? Where does the death of Odysseus' crew for the cattle of the Sun fit in? Why does Athena condone the slaughter of the suitors? Select three of these acts. Analyze each act, making sure to include mitigating factors, and determine which are criminal and which are legitimate.

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