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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. Calypso gives Odysseus many things to help him on his way including supplies for making his ship, provisions for his journey, and a(n) _____________.

2. What does Menelaus first reveal regarding Odysseus when Telemachus tells Menelaus who he is and the purpose of his visit?

3. Why was Menelaus late returning from Troy?

4. What does Circe turn Odysseus' crew into in Book 10?

5. Who speaks up in Book 7 to ask that Odysseus be given a seat in the court of Alcinous since he has come as a supplicant?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. According to Nestor and Menelaus, was the war worth the cost?

3. How does Calypso feel about releasing Odysseus?

4. What are the suitors' fears now that Telemachus has escaped their plot in Book 16?

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

6. What makes Eumaeus a loyal servant and friend?

7. Describe Odysseus' bed.

8. Describe Nausicaa's character.

9. Why doesn't Odysseus' journey end when he slays the suitors and gets his vengeance in Book 11?

10. What causes Odysseus' crew to open Aeolus' gift?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As one of the first epic poems of the Western world, The Odyssey is the model from which scholars have dissected and labeled other poems that have followed. Identify the poetic conventions of the epic poem, providing examples from the text to support its use as the model.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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