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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How many suitors are spared in Book 22 before Eurycleia is summoned for cleaning the hall?
2. When Eurymachus' negotiations fail, what plan do the suitors make to escape from Odysseus' palace alive?
3. What does Theoclymenus tell Penelope about the omen of the birds?
4. Why doesn't Eumaeus want the old man to tell him tales of his master?
5. What will the winner of the beggars' fight in Book 18 get from the suitors?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
The immortals personify the natural elements on Earth. As nature, they are omnipresent and humans are subject to their whims and their will. In many ways, this is the story of man vs. nature. Discuss various examples of how the gods through nature challenge Odysseus, and how he is able to overcome nature.
Essay Topic 3
Evaluate Odysseus as hero. Is he a worthy hero or is he too selfish? Use evidence from the text to support your position.
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