The Odyssey Books 11 And 12 Quiz

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  • 1. 

    ________________ advises Odysseus to travel to The Land of The Dead and Persephone.

    • A.

      Calypso

    • B.

      Circe

    • C.

      Zeus

    • D.

      Hermes

    Correct Answer
    B. Circe
    Explanation
    Circe advises Odysseus to travel to The Land of The Dead and Persephone. Circe is a powerful sorceress in Greek mythology who plays a significant role in Odysseus' journey. She warns Odysseus that in order to return home, he must first consult the spirit of the blind prophet Tiresias in the Land of the Dead. Circe provides Odysseus with the necessary guidance and instructions to navigate this treacherous journey and gain insight from the underworld.

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  • 2. 

    Odysseus must speak to ________________ in The Land of The Dead.

    • A.

      Teiresias

    • B.

      Zeus

    • C.

      His mother

    • D.

      Poseidon

    Correct Answer
    A. Teiresias
    Explanation
    In The Land of The Dead, Odysseus must speak to Teiresias. Teiresias is a blind prophet who possesses the ability to communicate with the dead and has the power to provide Odysseus with valuable advice and insight. This encounter with Teiresias is crucial for Odysseus as he seeks guidance on his journey back home.

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  • 3. 

    Scylla is a monster with ________________

    • A.

      5 heads and 10 legs

    • B.

      6 heads and 12 legs

    • C.

      3 legs and 6 heads

    • D.

      12 heads and 6 legs

    Correct Answer
    B. 6 heads and 12 legs
    Explanation
    Scylla is described as a monster with 6 heads and 12 legs. This means that she has multiple heads and a higher number of legs, which is consistent with the concept of a monstrous creature. The answer choice of 6 heads and 12 legs is the only one that matches this description.

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  • 4. 

    Charybdis is _____________________

    • A.

      A monster who sucks in water 3 times a day by creating a whirlpool

    • B.

      A goddess Odysseys meets on his journey home

    • C.

      One of Circe's pets

    • D.

      Not a character in The Odyssey

    Correct Answer
    A. A monster who sucks in water 3 times a day by creating a whirlpool
    Explanation
    Charybdis is described as a monster who creates a whirlpool and sucks in water three times a day. This explanation aligns with the mythological character of Charybdis in Greek mythology. According to the myth, Charybdis was a sea monster that posed a great danger to sailors by creating a powerful whirlpool that could swallow entire ships. This portrayal of Charybdis as a water-sucking monster is consistent with the classical depiction of the character.

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  • 5. 

    When passing the Island of the Sirens, Odysseus ______________________

    • A.

      Is tied to the mast, with his ears plugged

    • B.

      Is rowing with his men

    • C.

      Is tied to the mast, listening to the Sirens song

    • D.

      Is singing "Yo ho, Yo ho, a pirates life for me"

    Correct Answer
    C. Is tied to the mast, listening to the Sirens song
    Explanation
    When passing the Island of the Sirens, Odysseus is tied to the mast, listening to the Sirens' song. This is because the Sirens' song is known to be irresistibly alluring and has the power to make sailors lose their minds and steer their ships towards the island, leading to their destruction. By having himself tied to the mast and his crew's ears plugged with wax, Odysseus is able to resist the temptation and safely navigate past the dangerous island.

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  • 6. 

    Eurylochus and Perimedes ______________________

    • A.

      Tell Odysseus' men to untie him and steer to the Island of the Sirens

    • B.

      Tie Odysseus tighter to the mast when he tries to follow the Sirens song

    • C.

      Stayed on Circe's island

    • D.

      Died in the Underworld

    Correct Answer
    B. Tie Odysseus tighter to the mast when he tries to follow the Sirens song
    Explanation
    Eurylochus and Perimedes decided to tie Odysseus tighter to the mast when he tries to follow the Sirens' song. This action was taken to prevent Odysseus from succumbing to the enchanting voices of the Sirens, which would lead him to his demise. By tying him tighter to the mast, they ensured that Odysseus would not be able to give in to the temptation and put himself and the crew in danger. This decision demonstrated their loyalty and commitment to protecting Odysseus and the crew from the dangers of the Sirens' song.

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  • 7. 

    __________________tells Helios that Odysseus' men have killed all of his cattle.

    • A.

      Hermes

    • B.

      Calypso

    • C.

      Poseidon

    • D.

      Lampetia

    Correct Answer
    D. Lampetia
    Explanation
    Lampetia tells Helios that Odysseus' men have killed all of his cattle.

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  • 8. 

    Odysseus______________________ for his men breaking their word and eating the cattle.

    • A.

      Blames the gods on Mount Olympus

    • B.

      Takes responsibility

    • C.

      Blames Helios

    • D.

      Accuses Poseidon of trying to punish him

    Correct Answer
    A. Blames the gods on Mount Olympus
    Explanation
    Odysseus blames the gods on Mount Olympus for his men breaking their word and eating the cattle. This suggests that Odysseus believes that the gods are responsible for the actions of his men and sees them as the cause of the wrongdoing. He may view the gods as having influenced or manipulated his men, leading to their disobedience. By blaming the gods, Odysseus may be trying to shift the responsibility away from himself and his men, attributing their actions to divine intervention.

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  • 9. 

    Odysseus follows Circe's advice and _____________________

    • A.

      Chooses the path of Charybdis for his men to travel in order to reach home

    • B.

      Makes his men listen to the Sirens's song as they travel past their island

    • C.

      Chooses the path of Scylla for all his men to travel in order to reach home

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Chooses the path of Scylla for all his men to travel in order to reach home
  • 10. 

    As the ship lands on the Island of Thrinakia_____________________________

    • A.

      Odysseus and his men prepare to feast on Helios' cattle

    • B.

      Odysseus can't help but remember Circe and Teiresias' warnings

    • C.

      Eurylochus expresses fears about never reaching home

    • D.

      Athena appears to give Odysseus a message about what is happening in Ithaca.

    Correct Answer
    B. Odysseus can't help but remember Circe and Teiresias' warnings
  • 11. 

    Persephone is the Queen of The Land Of The Dead.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Persephone is commonly known as the Queen of The Land of The Dead in Greek mythology. She is the wife of Hades, the god of the underworld, and is often associated with the realm of the dead. Therefore, the statement "Persephone is the Queen of The Land Of The Dead" is true.

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  • 12. 

    Odysseus plugs his ears, then the ears of his men to make it past the Island of the Sirens.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Odysseus does not plug his own ears, but rather the ears of his men, in order to protect them from the seductive song of the Sirens. This allows them to resist the temptation and continue their journey safely. Therefore, the statement that Odysseus plugs his own ears is false.

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  • 13. 

    Circe's cattle live on Thrinakia

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement "Circe's cattle live on Thrinakia" is false. In Greek mythology, Circe is known for her magical abilities, particularly her ability to transform people into animals. However, there is no mention of her owning or having cattle on the island of Thrinakia. This statement is not supported by any known mythological sources or texts.

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  • 14. 

    Odysseus sacrifices a black lamb and his best heifer to the gods and spirits of the Underworld.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    In Greek mythology, Odysseus is known for his cunning and resourcefulness. In the epic poem "The Odyssey," Odysseus embarks on a journey to return home after the Trojan War. Along the way, he encounters various challenges, including a visit to the Underworld. In order to appease the gods and spirits of the Underworld, Odysseus sacrifices a black lamb and his best heifer. This act demonstrates his respect and reverence for the divine beings, as well as his understanding of the importance of rituals and offerings in Greek culture. Therefore, the statement is true.

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  • 15. 

    Helios begs the gods of Olympus to help Odysseus to reach Ithaca safely and in a timely manner

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement is false because Helios is not the one who begs the gods of Olympus to help Odysseus. In Greek mythology, it is actually Odysseus himself who prays to the gods for assistance in returning safely to Ithaca. Helios is the god of the sun, not directly involved in Odysseus' journey.

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  • 16. 

    The Title of the excerpt from Book 11 is 

    Correct Answer
    The Land of the Dead
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "The Land of the Dead" because the title accurately describes the subject matter of the excerpt from Book 11. The excerpt likely explores a place or realm where the dead reside, providing information about its characteristics, inhabitants, or events that take place there. This title gives readers a clear indication of what to expect from the excerpt and helps set the tone and context for the content that follows.

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  • 17. 

    Circe warns Odysseus about the following 4 things on his journey home:

    Correct Answer
    Sirens, Scylla, Charybdis and Helios cattle
    Explanation
    Circe warns Odysseus about the Sirens, Scylla, Charybdis, and Helios' cattle on his journey home. The Sirens are dangerous creatures whose enchanting voices lure sailors to their deaths. Scylla is a six-headed monster that dwells in a narrow strait and devours passing ships. Charybdis is a whirlpool that creates a deadly vortex, capable of sinking ships. Helios' cattle are sacred and should not be harmed, as it would anger the gods. These warnings highlight the various dangers and obstacles Odysseus must navigate to reach his homeland safely.

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  • 18. 

    ___________________ is Helios' daughter and is in charge of watching his cattle

    Correct Answer
    Lampetia
    Explanation
    Lampetia is the correct answer because she is described as Helios' daughter and responsible for watching his cattle. This implies that Lampetia has been given the duty of taking care of Helios' livestock, suggesting that she is in charge of overseeing and protecting the cattle.

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  • 19. 

    The person who convinced Odysseus' crew to eat the Sun God's cattle was ______________

    Correct Answer
    Eurylochus
    Explanation
    Eurylochus was the person who convinced Odysseus' crew to eat the Sun God's cattle. This suggests that Eurylochus played a significant role in influencing the decision of the crew, possibly using persuasive tactics or manipulation to convince them. His actions ultimately led to dire consequences for the crew, as they incurred the wrath of the gods and faced severe punishments.

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  • 20. 

    When Odysseus prays to the Gods of Olympus for signs of salvation, they respond by _______________

    Correct Answer
    Making him sleep
    Explanation
    When Odysseus prays to the Gods of Olympus for signs of salvation, they respond by making him sleep. This could be seen as a divine intervention or guidance from the gods. By making Odysseus sleep, the gods may be providing him with a much-needed respite from his struggles and allowing him to gain clarity and strength. Additionally, sleep is often associated with dreams, which can be a source of guidance and foresight in ancient Greek mythology.

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