"The Odyssey" Great Books Quiz

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Odyssey Quizzes & Trivia

The odyssey is one of the most epic films ever made, it mainly focuses on the Greek hero Odysseus and his journey home. After watching the film and reading the novel you are expected to have a better understanding of the poem. Test yourself by taking the quiz below. All the best!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    When was the Odyssey recorded or written?
    • A. 

      1000 B.C.

    • B. 

      1200 B.C.

    • C. 

      1998

    • D. 

      2009, in Mrs. McGovern's English class

  • 2. 
    What was Odysseus' Roman name?
    • A. 

      Vulcan

    • B. 

      Ulysses

    • C. 

      James

    • D. 

      Tiresias

  • 3. 
    What three adjectives describe Odysseus?
    • A. 

      Brave, heroic, kind

    • B. 

      Brave, heroic, and a liar

    • C. 

      Loving, oblivious, dumb

    • D. 

      Caring, deceitful, tall

  • 4. 
    With what creature did Odysseus' epic journey begin?
    • A. 

      Circe, the Enchantress

    • B. 

      Calypso

    • C. 

      Scylla and Charybdis

    • D. 

      Polyphemos, the cyclops

  • 5. 
    What does Circe turn Odysseus' men into?
    • A. 

      Monkeys

    • B. 

      Zebras

    • C. 

      Pigs

    • D. 

      Trees

  • 6. 
    Explain why Circe changed the appearance of Odysseus' men.
  • 7. 
    What is the definition of "primordial," and why do some consider The Odyssey to be a primordial text?
  • 8. 
    What is an archetype? How is The Odyssey archetypal?
  • 9. 
    When Odysseus finally returns home, he has to disguise himself as...
    • A. 

      An animal

    • B. 

      A woman

    • C. 

      A beggar

    • D. 

      A Greek god

  • 10. 
    Odysseus has been away from his home, Ithaca, for how many years?
    • A. 

      20

    • B. 

      5

    • C. 

      10

    • D. 

      15

  • 11. 
    "Homecoming" is...
    • A. 

      An epic journey

    • B. 

      A great idea

    • C. 

      An eternal theme

    • D. 

      A parade that happens in high schools

  • 12. 
    Explain the concept of "fate vs. free will."
  • 13. 
    How does Penelope fend off the suitors as she waits for her husband's return?
    • A. 

      She fights them with a sword.

    • B. 

      She weaves a shroud by day, and unweaves it by night.

    • C. 

      She fakes her own death.

    • D. 

      She doesn't fend them off, but instead agrees to marry one of them.

  • 14. 
    Explain the role of women in The Odyssey.