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. 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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Penelope uses two devices that delay making a decision about marriage and manipulate the suitors. Appraise the effectiveness of each device towards her overall goal. Upon what does each rely? What does each device reveal about her potential husband? Evaluate which device was most useful for her purposes.

Essay Topic 2

Homer repeats that Zeus is the friend and patron of strangers and supplicants. Odysseus finds himself at the mercy of others with mixed success. One end of his trip he is cursed for defending himself when mercy isn't shown, and the other end of his trip he is sent home like a god. Why doesn't Zeus punish the cyclops, or why is Odysseus allowed to be punished?

Essay Topic 3

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

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