The Odyssey Book 12: Trivia Quiz

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  • 1. 

    How many heads does Scylla have?

    • A.

      5

    • B.

      6

    • C.

      7

    • D.

      12

    Correct Answer
    B. 6
    Explanation
    Scylla is a mythological creature from Greek mythology. She is described as a sea monster with six heads. Therefore, the correct answer is 6.

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  • 2. 

    Who did the cattle belong to?

    • A.

      Zeus

    • B.

      Apollo

    • C.

      Helios

    • D.

      Hermes

    Correct Answer
    C. Helios
    Explanation
    The cattle belonged to Helios.

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  • 3. 

    Odysseus is warned not to

    • A.

      Kill the cattle and eat them

    • B.

      To sail north

    • C.

      Steal the cattle

    • D.

      Kill his men

    Correct Answer
    A. Kill the cattle and eat them
    Explanation
    Odysseus is warned not to kill the cattle and eat them. This warning is likely given to Odysseus to prevent him from angering the gods. In Greek mythology, killing sacred animals is considered a grave offense and can result in divine punishment. By disobeying this warning, Odysseus would be risking the wrath of the gods and potentially prolonging his journey back home. Additionally, the cattle may hold some symbolic significance or represent a test of Odysseus' self-control and loyalty to the gods.

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  • 4. 

    Charybdis is

    • A.

      A 6 headed monster with 12 flapping arms/feet

    • B.

      A tidal wave that tries to destroy Odysseus's ship

    • C.

      A whirlpool that tries to devour Odysseus's ship

    • D.

      A waterfall that tried to crash into Odysseus's ship

    Correct Answer
    C. A whirlpool that tries to devour Odysseus's ship
    Explanation
    Charybdis is described as a whirlpool that tries to devour Odysseus's ship. In Greek mythology, Charybdis was a sea monster who created a deadly whirlpool that sucked in and destroyed ships. Odysseus had to navigate his ship carefully between Charybdis and another dangerous creature, Scylla, in order to survive the treacherous waters. The whirlpool imagery emphasizes the destructive and powerful nature of Charybdis, as it poses a great threat to Odysseus and his crew.

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  • 5. 

    How do the Sirens enchant the men?

    • A.

      By their beauty

    • B.

      By the wealth they offer the men

    • C.

      By their awesomeness

    • D.

      By their voice

    Correct Answer
    D. By their voice
    Explanation
    The Sirens enchant the men by their voice. The mesmerizing and captivating melodies sung by the Sirens have a hypnotic effect on anyone who hears them, drawing them closer and making them lose control of their senses. The beautiful and alluring voices of the Sirens have a seductive power that lures men towards them, causing them to become enchanted and unable to resist their enchantment.

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  • 6. 

    Why did Zeus send a lightning bolt to destroy Odysseus's ship?

    • A.

      Odysseus blinded Polyphemus

    • B.

      Odysseus's men killed and ate the cattle that belonged to Helios

    • C.

      He felt like it

    • D.

      Odysseus angered the Gods during the war of Troy

    Correct Answer
    B. Odysseus's men killed and ate the cattle that belonged to Helios
    Explanation
    Zeus sent a lightning bolt to destroy Odysseus's ship because his men killed and ate the cattle that belonged to Helios. This action angered the Gods, as it was a disrespectful act towards a deity. In Greek mythology, the gods were often vengeful and punished mortals for their transgressions. By destroying the ship, Zeus was enforcing divine justice and retribution for the sacrilege committed by Odysseus's men.

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  • 7. 

    How many people survived the ship wreckage?

    • A.

      1

    • B.

      2

    • C.

      3

    • D.

      5

    Correct Answer
    A. 1
    Explanation
    The given answer suggests that only one person survived the ship wreckage. This implies that out of all the people involved in the shipwreck, only one person managed to survive.

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  • 8. 

    Which island does Odysseus land on after the ship wreckage?

    • A.

      Aeaea

    • B.

      Thrinacia

    • C.

      Ogygia

    • D.

      Ithaca

    Correct Answer
    C. Ogygia
    Explanation
    Ogygia is the correct answer because it is the island where Odysseus lands after his ship wreckage. This is mentioned in Homer's epic poem, "The Odyssey," where Odysseus spends seven years on the island, trapped by the nymph Calypso.

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  • 9. 

    How many sailors did Scylla eat?

    • A.

      4

    • B.

      5

    • C.

      6

    • D.

      7

    Correct Answer
    C. 6
    Explanation
    Scylla is a mythical sea monster in Greek mythology known for her ability to snatch sailors from their ships. The answer to the question is 6 because it is stated that Scylla ate sailors, implying that she consumed them. Therefore, the correct answer is 6, indicating that Scylla devoured 6 sailors.

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  • 10. 

    Which island was the one where Odysseus's men killed the cattle of Helios?

    • A.

      Aeaea

    • B.

      Thrinacia

    • C.

      Ogygia

    • D.

      Siren's Island

    Correct Answer
    B. Thrinacia
    Explanation
    Thrinacia is the correct answer because it is the island where Odysseus's men killed the cattle of Helios. In Homer's epic, The Odyssey, Odysseus and his crew were warned not to harm the sacred cattle of Helios, but they ignored the warning and slaughtered the cattle for food. This act angered Helios, leading to disastrous consequences for Odysseus and his men.

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