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Odyssey Unit Test Review Game
Transcript of Odyssey Unit Test Review Game
1) Identify all of the characteristics of an epic poem (more than one answer).
a) A physically impressive hero
b) A vast setting
c) Death and Destruction
d) Supernatural forces
e) A quest or journey
2) The Odyssey begins in media res, which is latin for "in the middle of things." What is the setting of the Odyssey when we begin reading?
a) Hades, The Land of the Dead
b) Ogygia, Calypso's island
c) Aeaea, Circe's island
d) Phaecia, King Alcinous' Court
3) Where does Odysseus begin telling adventures from?
a) Ithaca, his home
b)Phaecia, land of King Alcinous
c) Ogygia, Calypso's island
d) Troy, at the end of the war
4) Which words from the Odyssey best help the reader understand Odysseus' flashback when telling the story.
a) "I am Laertes' son, Odysseus. Men hold me/formidable for guile in peace and war.
b) "I shall not see on earth a place more dear,/though I have been detained long by Calypso."
c) "What of my sailing, then, from Troy?"
d) "The wind that carried west from Ilion/brought me to Ismaros, on the far shore."
5) When the reader is first introduced to Odysseus, we see that he is crying. What lines from the poem best support the reason why he is crying.
6) Calypso abides by Zeus' request to let Odysseus go; however, she offers him an incentive to stay. What is the incentive Calypso offers Odysseus to stay with her rather than returning home to Ithaca?
a) A raft and provisions
b) Nectar and ambrosia
d) Calypso's love forever
7) Which of the following lines from "Calypso, The Sweet Nymph" best illustrates a sympathetic tone?
a) Calypso says, "O forlorn man, be still."
b) Calypso says, "Can I be less desirable than she is?/ Less interesting? Less beautiful?
c) Odysseus says, "My lady goddess, there is no cause for anger./ My quiet Penelope- how well I know- /would seem a shade before your majesty"
d) Odysseus says, "Yet it is true, each day/ I long for home, long for the sight of home."
a) Odysseus tells the Cyclops his name is Nohbdy.
b) The Cyclops is uncivilized and doesn't respect ancient Greek customs.
c) The cyclops scoops up two of Odysseus' men and eats them.
d) Odysseus is a smart and loyal leader who puts his men first.
e) Odysseus and his men escape the cave by riding on the under belllies of sheep.
ab) Odysseus blinds the Cyclops by stabbing him in his one eye with a large spear.
bc) The Cyclops's father is Poseidon.
a) Odysseus puts his curiosity before the safety of his men.
b) Odysseus is a convincing liar.
c) Odysseus is quick witted and intelligent.
d) Odysseus is worried that the Cyclops will eat his men.
12) "Cyclops, you ask my honorable name? Remember the gift you promised me, and I shall tell you. My name is Nohbdy: mother, father and friends, everyone calls me Nohbdy." What does this suggest about his character?
A."Come back, Odysseus, and I'll treat you well,/praying the
god of earthquake to befriend you-/" (517-518)
B. "Sweet cousin ram, why lag behind the rest/in the night
cave?....Nohbdy will get out alive, I swear." (444-454)
C. "Nohbdy, Nohbdy has tricked me. Nohbdy's ruined me!" (403)
D.. "My moment was at hand, and I went forward/holding and ivy bowl of my dark drink,/looking up, saying: Cyclops try some wine" (339-341)
E. "My name is Nohbdy: mother, father, and friends,/everyone calls me Nohbdy." (360-361)
15) How do Odysseus' men feel about
Circe upon first seeing her?
a) They fear her witch powers.
b) They are unsure of her.
c) They think she is harmless.
d) They know that she will be a
16) Which quotation below best supports that the men feel Circe is harmless?
a)"On thrones she seated them, and lounging chairs,/while she prepard a meal of cheese and barley/and amber honey mixed with wine."
b) All but Eurylochus- /who feared a snare - the innocents went after her."
c) "Dear friends, no need for stealth: here's a young weaver/ singing a pretty song to set the air/ atingle."
d) "and wolves and mountain lions lay there, mild/in her soft spell, fed on her drug of evil."
17) Circe instructs Odysseus to travel to the Land of the Dead to seek hide destiny from Teiresias. Teiresias warns Odysseus not to eat the cattle of Helios and tells Odysseus what will happen if they do. Select all of the consequences Teiresias warns will happen if his men eat the cattle.
18) "No, hug the cliff of Scylla, take your ship through on a racing stroke. Better to mourn six men than lose them all, and the ship, too..." (lines 704-706) In the above lines, what advice does Circe give Odysseus?
a) Take the ship as fast as Odysseus can through Charybdis hoping only to lose the lives of six men.
b) Stay close to Scylla and risk the lives of six men rather than the lives of the entire ship and the ship as well.
c) Sail the ship as fast as Odysseus can past Scylla so the ship isn't destroyed.
d) Make friends with Scylla so she doesn't eat six men or destroy the ship.
19) How do Odysseus's men avoid the
""Siren's haunting song" as Circe
21) Now on the shore Eurylochus made his insidious plea: 'Comrades,' he said, 'You've gone through everything; listen to what I say. All deaths are hateful to us, mortal wretches, but famine is the most pitiful, the worst end that a man can come to. Will you fight it? Come, we'll cut out the noblest of
these cattle" (lines 879-894) What do these lines from The Odyssey most suggest about Eurylochus?
23) Odysseus finally loses all of his men
24) Select two quotations below that provide evidence to support
Odysseus' weakness/tragic flaw.
8-11) Choose four events from the Cyclops and put them in sequence of how they appear in the poem.
22) "why, then I say: Better open your lungs to a big sea once for all than waste to skin and bones on a
lonely island!" (892-894) According to Eurylochus in the above lines, which is the best way to die if the gods have willed it?
20) Which quotation below best supports your answer to the previous question?
a) "Her ladyship went to find Odysseus/in his stone seat to seaward- tear on tear."
b) "brimming his eyes. The sweet days of his lifetime/were running out in anguish over his exile."
c) "and broke his own heart groaning, with eyes wet/ scanning the horizon of the sea."
d) "though you wanted her forever,/that bride for whom you pine each day."
14) Which quotations below from "The
Cyclops" are examples of irony? You
will need to select more than one
13) From the choices below, choose two
quotations that provide additional
evidence to support your answer to
the previous question
a) "It is Odysseus' famed curiosity that leads him into the Cyclops' cave and that makes him insist on waiting or this barbaric giant."
b) "My ship?/Poseidon Lord, who sets the earth atremble, broke it up on the rocks at your land's end."
c) "But I kept thinking how to win the game:/death sat
there huge; how could we slip away?" (416-417)
d) The Cyclops's rams were handsome, fat, with heavy/ fleeces, a dark violet. Three abreast/ I tied them silently together, twining cords of willow from the ogre's bed;/then slung a man under each middle one" (421-425).
e) "Then, his chores being all dispatched, he caught/another brace of men to make his breakfast,/ and whisked away his great door slab/to let his sheep go through" (301-304).
a) Odysseus will live, but his journey home will be long.
b) Zeus will strike the men dead.
c) The men will die and the ships destroyed.
d) Odysseus will return home to anguish/trouble.
e) The suitors will take over Odysseus's home.
f) Telemachus will die.
a) They row as fast as they can past the Sirens and only think about getting home.
b) The take another route past Scylla and Charybdis.
c) They were tied up so that they could not escape the
boat to go to the Sirens.
d) They had wax in their ears so they could not hear the Siren's song.
a) "They tied me up, then, plumb/amidships, back to the mast, lashed to the mast."
b) "Get the oar shafts in your hands, and lie back/hard on your benches; hit these breaking seas."
c) "But as I sent them on towards Scylla, I/told them nothing, as they could do nothing."
d) "I carved/a massive cake of beeswax into bits/and rolled them in my hands until they softened - /.and laid it/thick upon their ears."
a) Eurylochus is a great soldier who follows the orders of his leader, Odysseus
b) Eurylochus is persuasive in convincing the soldiers to disobey Odysseus.
c) Eurylochus is trying to take over leadership and overthrow Odysseus.
d) Eurylochus is angry at Poseidon because the men cannot leave because of the weather.
C. Old age
D. In battle
a) they are turned into pigs by Circe.
b) they are killed in battle with the Laistrygones.
c) they eat Helios', the sun god's, cattle.
d) they all drown after Zeus strikes their boat.
a) "Men hold me formidable in guile in peace and war:/this
fame has gone abroad to the sky's rim" (127-128)
b) "Circe of Aeaea, the enchantress, desired me, and
detained me in her hall./But in my heart I never gave
c) "I drove them, all three wailing, to the ships,/tied
them down under their rowing benches" (212-213)
d) "O Cyclops! Would you feast on my companions?/Puny, I
am, in a Caveman's hands?/How do you like the beating we gave you" (lines 476-478)
25) Select all of the examples of a Homeric simile (you will need to select more than one answer).
a)"A man in a distant field, no hearth fires near,/will
hide a fresh brand in his bed of embers/to keep a spark
alive for the next day; so in the leave Odysseus hid
b) "In a smithy/One sees a white-hot axhead or an adze/plunged and wrung in a cold tub, screeching steam- /the way they make soft iron hale and hard - /just so that eyeball hissed around the pike (385-389)
c) "No one would attack - oh, it was strange , I tell you -/ but
switching their long tails they faced our men like hounds,
who look up when their master comes" (543-545)
d)"Now the souls gathered, stirring out of Erebus,/brides and young men, and men grown old in pain,/ and tender girls whose hearts were new to grief" (593-595)
e)"A man surf-casting in a point of rock/for bass or mackerel, whipping his long rod/to drop the singer and bait far out,/will hook a fish
26) What is significant about Odysseus's encounter with Argos?
a) Argos dies because Eumaeus
doesn't feed him.
b)Odysseus realizes that he neglected Argos.
c) Odysseus compares himself
d) Argos recognizes his master.
27) When does the climax of the epic occur?
a) Odysseus outsmarts the Cyclops and escapes
b) Odysseus reveals his true identity to the suitors in his palace.
c) The battle between Odysseus and Telemachus and the suitors.
d) Odysseus wakes up on the beach in Ithaca.
28) Which of the following is not an
Ancient Greek value highlighted in
A. Love of home and family
29) Penelope suggests moving
Odysseus's bed as a test to
a) he still loves her.
b) he is really her husband.
c) he has remained faithful to
d) he will remain patient with
30) Which of the following quotes best
supports the theme "The Power of Cunning over Strength"?
a) We would entreat you, great Sir, have a care/ for the gods'
courtesy; Zeus will avenge/ the unoffending guest." (259-261).
b) "I had touched the spot/ when sudden fear stayed me: if I killed him/ we perished there as well, for we could never/ move his ponderous dorrway slab aside." (292-295)
c) "O Father Zeus and gods in bliss forever,/ you made me
sleep away this day of mischief!" (915-916)
d) "We lit a fire, burnt an offering,/ and took some cheese to eat; then sat in selence/ around the embers, waiting." (219-221)
Take out the Map Activity.
Write a summary for Part 2 of the Odyssey.
Guided Questions for Summary:
1) How did Odysseus arrive back in Ithaca?
2) Does Telemachus believe he is his father at first?
3) How does Odysseus and Telemachus overcome the suitors?
4) How does Penelope know it really is Odysseus?
"Now listen to your orders:
when the time comes, those gentlemen, to a man,will be dead against giving me bow or quiver.
Defy them. Eumaeus, bring the bow
and put it in my hands there at the door.
Tell the women to lock their own door tight" (1163-1168).
"You forced yourselves upon this house. Fight your way out, or run for it, if you think you’ll escape death.
I doubt one man of you skins by.” . . . (1285-1288).