Odyssey Book 9 & 10 Quiz

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Use your Odyssey book and study guide to answer the following questions from Book 9 and 10. Follow directions in each question - you will be graded on following directions, correct answers, spelling, and punctuation and properly introduced and cited quotes.
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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    In complete sentences, explain what the lotus is and how it affected Odysseus' men.  Why didn't Odysseus' men want to leave the country of the Lotus-eaters?  

  • 2. 

     A Homeric simile compares something you cannot see to something ordinary.  What Homeric simile is written on page 135?  Copy the entire line and cite it accurately.

  • 3. 

    An epithet is an adjective or phrase used to characterize someone or something (resourceful Odysseus).  What epithet does Homer use to characterize Odysseus on p. 139?  Copy the entire line from the book and cite it accurately.  

  • 4. 

    What literary element does Homer use in Book 9 when Odysseus is telling King Alcinous his adventures?

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    Correct Answer
    D. Flashback
    In Book 9 of Homer's Odyssey, Odysseus recounts his adventures to King Alcinous. This literary element is known as a flashback, as it involves a shift in the narrative to an earlier time period. Odysseus takes the audience back to his past experiences, providing important context and background information. This technique allows the reader to gain a deeper understanding of Odysseus' character and the challenges he has faced on his journey.

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  • 5. 

    In a complete sentence, describe the theme that is evident on p. 125. (Hint - it pertains to Calypso and Circe). 

  • 6. 

    "Dawn appeared, fresh and rosy-fingered,.." (128). Which literary element is this?

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    Correct Answer
    B. Personification
    The given sentence, "Dawn appeared, fresh and rosy-fingered," is an example of personification. Personification is a literary element in which human qualities or characteristics are attributed to non-human things or abstract concepts. In this case, the author is giving the non-human concept of dawn the ability to appear and have fresh, rosy fingers, which is a human quality.

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  • 7. 

    Odysseus wanted to see the "owner of the cave" on page 131.  List three adjectives that describe Odysseus' behavior when he says, "...I was not to be persuaded.  I wished to see the owner of the cave and had hopes of some friendly gifts from my host" (131).                        

  • 8. 

    What five things do Odysseus and his men do to defeat the Cyclops (p. 134-137)?                                                

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    Who is the Cyclops' father?

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    Correct Answer
    C. Poseidon
    In Greek mythology, the Cyclops were a race of one-eyed giants, and their father was Poseidon, the god of the sea. Poseidon was known for his powerful and unpredictable nature, and he had many offspring, including the Cyclops. Poseidon's connection to the Cyclops is mentioned in various ancient texts and stories, making him the correct answer to this question.

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  • 10. 

     In a complete sentence, describe which theme is evident on page 132 (between lines 267 and 272).

  • 11. 

    What is the Cyclops' name?

  • 12. 

    In complete sentences, describe what Aeolus gives to Odysseus and what happens to it.  

  • 13. 

    Why does Aeolus refuse to help Odysseus after he is blown back to the island?

  • 14. 

    In a complete sentence, describe what is referred to as noxious on page 149, line 236.  Is it?

  • 15. 

    In a complete sentence, describe who Circe sends Odysseus to see in Hade's Kingdom of Decay and why.

  • 16. 

    In a complete sentence, name the man who is in charge of the men who go to Circe’s palace first.

  • 17. 

    In a complete sentence, describe what Hermes gives to Odysseus in order for Circe’s spell not to affect him.

  • 18. 

    In a complete sentence, describe who died at Circe’s palace and how it happened. Be specific.

  • 19. 

    In a complete sentence, describe what kind of animal Odysseus' men were turned into when they arrived at Circe's home.

  • 20. 

    In a complete sentence, describe what two animals Circe gave to Odysseus before he left her island.

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