Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Which word best describes Odysseus' initial reaction when Calypso offers to help him in Book 5?
2. According to Nestor, who wanted the Achaeans to suffer on the way home from Troy?
3. What does Telemachus seek from the assembly above all?
4. Where is Poseidon coming from when he sees Odysseus on his raft in Book 5?
5. Odysseus and his men have just landed on an island after the lotus-eaters. Why does Odysseus leave this place the next morning?
Short Essay Questions
1. Which men support Telemachus at the assembly in Book 2? Why do they support him, and how are they treated by the others?
2. What relationship do the Phaecians have with the gods?
3. Describe the suitors' reaction to Telemachus calling a meeting of the assembly in Book 1.
4. What makes Eumaeus a loyal servant and friend?
5. Why is Eurymachus' offer of recompense not enough for Odysseus?
6. What causes Odysseus' crew to open Aeolus' gift?
7. What do the suitors think of Telemachus leaving Ithaca? What are their fears?
8. Why does Athene reveal her presence to Telemachus and Nestor in Book 3?
9. Describe the behavior of the suitors at the assembly in Book 2.
10. How does Euryalus insult Odysseus when the Phaeacians are engaging in sport?
Homer allows the reader to sympathize with a couple of suitors - those who feel remorse and portend ill. Yet all are slaughtered. Why does Athena make a point of keeping those men at the hall? Why is her punishment so absolute? It is an appropriate punishment? Discuss the misdeeds of the suitors in your response.
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?
The word odyssey is synonymous with journey. Explain why this is an appropriate title for the poem.
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