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. How does the Cyclops in Book 9 show hospitality?

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

3. How long have the suitors been coming to Odysseus' home?

4. In Book 1, who seeks to punish Odysseus interminably?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Is it necessary for Odysseus to threaten Eurycleia when she recognizes him?

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

4. In Book 20, why does Athene make the suitors laugh uncontrollably?

5. What does Eumaeus think will happen to the old man if he approaches the suitors for work? Why?

6. Why does Athene want to cause Odysseus suffering and pain when she prods the suitors to abuse him in his own house in Book 18?

7. How does Calypso feel about releasing Odysseus?

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

9. What makes Eumaeus a loyal servant and friend?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Evaluate Odysseus as hero. Is he a worthy hero or is he too selfish? Use evidence from the text to support your position.

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

The Odyssey is the story of Odysseus' homeward journey. However, Telemachus also makes a journey. Compare and contrast Odyssesus and Telemachus' journeys. Which man experiences greater change as a result from his journey? Why?

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