The Odyssey Book 13

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  • 1. 

    How and why did Poseidon punish the Phaeacians?

  • 2. 

    Why did Athena ask Odysseus to stop being crafty?

  • 3. 

    How do Zeus and Poseidon interact?

  • 4. 

    Who is Idomeneus?

    • A.

      Phaeacian king

    • B.

      Spartan king

    • C.

      Trojan king

    • D.

      Cretan king

    Correct Answer
    D. Cretan king
    Explanation
    Idomeneus is a Cretan king. This can be inferred from the fact that the other options represent different kings from different regions (Phaeacian, Spartan, and Trojan), while Cretan refers to the region of Crete. Therefore, it can be concluded that Idomeneus is a king from Crete.

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  • 5. 

    Which items does Alcinous tell the Phaeacian noblemen to give Odysseus?

    • A.

      A concubine and slaves

    • B.

      A crown and sceptre

    • C.

      A ship and crew

    • D.

      A cauldron and a tripod

    Correct Answer
    D. A cauldron and a tripod
    Explanation
    Alcinous tells the Phaeacian noblemen to give Odysseus a cauldron and a tripod. This is likely because these items are valuable and useful for a hero like Odysseus. A cauldron can be used for cooking and brewing, while a tripod can be used for various purposes such as holding a cooking pot or a fire. These items would be practical gifts for Odysseus as he continues his journey.

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  • 6. 

    Who does Odysseus tell Athena he is?

    • A.

      The king of Crete

    • B.

      The murderer of the king of Cretan king's son

    • C.

      The brother of the king of Crete

    • D.

      The murderer of the king of Crete

    Correct Answer
    B. The murderer of the king of Cretan king's son
    Explanation
    Odysseus tells Athena that he is the murderer of the king of Cretan king's son.

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  • 7. 

    What does Athena do to disguise Odysseys

    • A.

      Turn him into a woman

    • B.

      Turn him into Mentes

    • C.

      Turn him into an old man

    • D.

      Turn him into the Cretan king

    Correct Answer
    C. Turn him into an old man
    Explanation
    In the Odyssey, Athena disguises Odysseus as an old man to protect him from being recognized by his enemies. By transforming him into an old man, Athena ensures that Odysseus can move around undetected and gather information without arousing suspicion. This disguise also helps Odysseus to test the loyalty of his own household and allies. Additionally, by appearing as an old man, Odysseus can observe and assess the situation before revealing his true identity and executing his plan to reclaim his kingdom.

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  • 8. 

    Where does Odysseus stow his loot?

    • A.

      Under the olive tree

    • B.

      In the cave

    • C.

      In the shepherd's hut

    • D.

      In the forest

    Correct Answer
    B. In the cave
    Explanation
    Odysseus stows his loot in the cave. This is likely because caves provide a natural hiding place that is secure and difficult for others to find. Additionally, caves are often dark and secluded, making them an ideal location to store valuable items without drawing attention to them. By stowing his loot in the cave, Odysseus can ensure its safety while he continues his journey.

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  • 9. 

    How would you describe the Phaeacian noblemen?

    • A.

      Story tellers

    • B.

      Models of Greek hospitality

    • C.

      Prefer to sleep

    • D.

      Interested mostly in feasting

    Correct Answer
    D. Interested mostly in feasting
    Explanation
    The Phaeacian noblemen are described as being interested mostly in feasting. This implies that their main focus and enjoyment lies in indulging in lavish meals and banquets. They prioritize the pleasure of eating and celebrating, suggesting a strong inclination towards luxurious and extravagant dining experiences.

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  • 10. 

    How would you characterize Odysseus' reaction to the Phaeacian's generosity?

    • A.

      He was amazed

    • B.

      He accepted it as his due

    • C.

      He found it inadequate

    • D.

      He considered it a loan

    Correct Answer
    B. He accepted it as his due
    Explanation
    Odysseus' reaction to the Phaeacian's generosity can be characterized as accepting it as his due. This suggests that he believed he deserved the generosity shown to him, possibly due to his status as a hero or his previous hardships. It implies a sense of entitlement on his part, indicating that he expected to be treated well and was not surprised or grateful for the kindness shown to him.

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  • 11. 

    Why is Ithaca probably not a place for horses?

    • A.

      Too many forests

    • B.

      Too arid (not enough water)

    • C.

      Too rugged and rocky

    • D.

      Too icy and cold

    Correct Answer
    C. Too rugged and rocky
    Explanation
    Ithaca is probably not a place for horses because it is described as too rugged and rocky. Horses require relatively flat and open terrain to move around comfortably, but the rugged and rocky landscape of Ithaca would make it difficult for horses to navigate and potentially injure themselves. Therefore, it is not an ideal place for horses to live or be used for transportation.

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  • 12. 

    How was Idomeneus' return from the Trojan War unusual?

    • A.

      He reached home after 10 years without his companions

    • B.

      He traveled with his wife for years before they reached home together

    • C.

      His wife murdered him

    • D.

      He reached home quickly and safely

    Correct Answer
    D. He reached home quickly and safely
    Explanation
    Idomeneus' return from the Trojan War was unusual because he reached home quickly and safely. This is different from the typical narrative of the Trojan War, where many heroes faced various obstacles and challenges on their journey back home. Idomeneus' swift and secure return sets him apart from others and makes his journey unique.

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  • 13. 

    What was Athena disguised as when Odysseus encounters her?

    • A.

      A king

    • B.

      A shepherd

    • C.

      A child

    • D.

      A slave

    Correct Answer
    B. A shepherd
    Explanation
    Athena was disguised as a shepherd when Odysseus encountered her. This disguise allowed her to approach Odysseus without revealing her true identity as a goddess. By appearing as a shepherd, Athena was able to guide and assist Odysseus in his journey without drawing too much attention to herself. This disguise also allowed her to interact with Odysseus in a more familiar and relatable way, as she could easily blend in with the common people.

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  • 14. 

    This epithet is used because he is apparently strong enough to be a king

    Correct Answer
    Mighty Alcinous
    Explanation
    The epithet "Mighty Alcinous" is used to describe Alcinous because he possesses great strength and power, making him suitable to be a king. The term "mighty" suggests that Alcinous is not only physically strong, but also influential and authoritative. This epithet highlights his capabilities and reinforces his status as a powerful ruler.

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  • 15. 

    The epithet, goddess with the gleaming eyes is used to describe which character in the Odyssey?

    Correct Answer
    Athena
    Explanation
    In the Odyssey, Athena is often referred to as the "goddess with the gleaming eyes." This epithet highlights her divine and radiant presence, emphasizing her wisdom, intelligence, and keen perception. As the goddess of wisdom and warfare, Athena plays a significant role in guiding and protecting Odysseus throughout his journey. Her gleaming eyes symbolize her ability to see through deception and her watchful nature. This epithet captures Athena's essential qualities and reinforces her importance in the epic poem.

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  • 16. 

    Bright eyed is used to describe who in the Odyssey?

    Correct Answer
    Athena
    Explanation
    In the Odyssey, the term "bright eyed" is used to describe Athena. This description highlights her wisdom, intelligence, and keen observation skills. Athena is known for her sharp and piercing gaze, which reflects her ability to see through deception and guide Odysseus on his journey. Her bright eyes symbolize her divine wisdom and guidance, making her a crucial ally to Odysseus throughout his epic adventure.

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  • 17. 

    The epithet resourceful is used to describe this character in The Odyssey

    Correct Answer
    Odysseus
    Explanation
    In The Odyssey, the character Odysseus is described as resourceful. This is because throughout his journey, he displays cleverness, quick thinking, and adaptability in order to overcome various obstacles and challenges. Odysseus is known for his ability to come up with innovative solutions and strategies, such as the idea of the Trojan Horse, which ultimately led to the downfall of Troy. He constantly demonstrates his resourcefulness by using his intelligence and cunning to outsmart his enemies and navigate through difficult situations.

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