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. What is unique about Demodocus the bard?

2. Where did Nestor last see Odysseus?

3. In what state do the Nausicaa's women, who are playing a game while waiting for the clothes to dry, find the sheltering Odysseus?

4. Why did Odysseus and Ajax fight?

5. How did Odysseus anger the god(dess) who seeks to punish him in Book 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Calypso feel about releasing Odysseus?

2. What do the suitors think of Telemachus leaving Ithaca? What are their fears?

3. Why does Homer begin the last book in the halls of the dead?

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

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

6. Describe Eurylochus' actions in Book 12. What kind of man is he?

7. Describe Poseidon's attack on Odysseus in Book 5.

8. Recount the most recent part of Odysseus' story of woe, as told in Book 7.

9. In Book 23, Telemachus calls his mother's reaction to Odysseus cold and unfeeling. What does it reveal about her character?

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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