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 Eurylochus convince Odysseus to land on Thrinacia?

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

3. Penelope learns about the suitors' plan for Telemachus from a page, but what does she learn from her sister's phantom?

4. Why does Odysseus have to go to Hades in Book 10?

5. According to Book 4, who did Menelaus capture?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

5. Why does Athene reveal her presence to Telemachus and Nestor in Book 3?

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

7. Why is Poseidon still upset with Odysseus in Book 13? Why does he now seek vengeance against the Phaecians? What can they do?

8. In Book 20, what has happened to Telemachus now that Odysseus has returned?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Most literary works have an antagonist. Is there one in The Odyssey? Explain your answer using the text.

Essay Topic 2

Sociologists can glean quite a bit of information about a culture from surviving literature. Use The Odyssey to illuminate the values of this society. What ideals are valued? What are some distinguishing characteristic of the Ancient Achaeans?

Essay Topic 3

In order to be a leader, generally a person must exhibit certain qualities - nobility, honesty, and chivalry just to name a few. Having a good helping of charisma goes a long way as well. Antinous and Eurymachus are leaders among the suitors, a group of men who lack many positive qualities. Compare the two men. Evaluate which is the better man by determining who has more qualities that are positive and defining what those qualities are.

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