The Odyssey Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the shepherd from the mainland treat Odysseus the beggar when he first meets him at the palace courtyard?

2. Who is the first in the hall to notice Odysseus the beggar?

3. How do the suitors view the fight between the two beggars in Book 18?

4. Where is Odysseus going in the morning in Book 23, the day after the battle with the suitors?

5. In Book 24, In the halls of the dead, what were the heroes' shades discussing?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Odysseus is gone from home for a long time. He experiences more than most men. Dissect his journey and analyze its parts. Which part of his journey could he have changed easily and, thereby, returned home sooner? Why?

Essay Topic 2

The word odyssey is synonymous with journey. Explain why this is an appropriate title for the poem.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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