The Odyssey Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. Which suitor has a "bad feeling" after Odysseus the beggar tries to warn him of impending danger in Book 18?

2. How does Eumaeus greet Telemachus upon his return in Book 16?

3. How does Eumaeus describe the suitors actions?

4. What caused Telemachus to disband the feast after the fight of Irus and Odysseus the beggar?

5. When Eurymachus' negotiations fail, what plan do the suitors make to escape from Odysseus' palace alive?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

By personally intervening, Athena shows to Achaeans that both Odysseus and Telemachus are valuable. What does each man possess that is considered important among the Achaeans at this time? Use the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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?

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