The Odyssey Quiz Books 1-5

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  • 1. 

    Who does Athena disguise herself as before she goes to meet Telemachus?

    • A.

      Mentes

    • B.

      Zeus

    • C.

      Penelope

    Correct Answer
    A. Mentes
    Explanation
    Athena disguises herself as Mentes before she goes to meet Telemachus.

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  • 2. 

    What is the problem at Odysseues's home?

    • A.

      It's falling apart in his absence

    • B.

      There are men trying to marry his wife

    • C.

      His servants have all run away

    Correct Answer
    B. There are men trying to marry his wife
    Explanation
    In Odysseus's absence, the problem at his home is that there are men trying to marry his wife. This suggests that his wife, Penelope, is being pursued by suitors who are attempting to take advantage of Odysseus's absence and claim her as their own. This creates a challenging situation for Odysseus, as he must find a way to protect his wife and reclaim his home from these unwanted suitors.

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  • 3. 

    Odysseus is loved by all of the gods except for whom?

    • A.

      Zues

    • B.

      Mentor

    • C.

      Poseidon

    Correct Answer
    C. Poseidon
    Explanation
    Poseidon is the correct answer because in Greek mythology, Poseidon, the god of the sea, holds a grudge against Odysseus. This is due to Odysseus blinding Poseidon's son, the Cyclops Polyphemus, during his journey back from the Trojan War. As a result, Poseidon becomes Odysseus' main antagonist, causing numerous obstacles and delays in his journey back home. While Zeus and Mentor are both supportive of Odysseus, Poseidon's animosity towards him sets him apart as the only god who does not love Odysseus.

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  • 4. 

    What does Telemachus tell the men to do?

    • A.

      Leave his home

    • B.

      Repair the golden calf

    • C.

      Make an offering to the gods

    Correct Answer
    A. Leave his home
    Explanation
    Telemachus tells the men to leave his home.

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  • 5. 

    How are the ship procured, rations gotten, and crew assembled?

    • A.

      The citizens give them.

    • B.

      Mentor gets them

    • C.

      Athena gets them

    Correct Answer
    C. Athena gets them
    Explanation
    Athena gets them. This suggests that Athena, the goddess of wisdom and warfare, is responsible for procuring the ships, obtaining rations, and assembling the crew. As a deity associated with strategy and military tactics, it is likely that Athena has the power and knowledge to arrange for these resources and personnel to be provided.

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  • 6. 

    What is Telemachus's first destination?

    • A.

      Sparta

    • B.

      Troy

    • C.

      Pylos

    Correct Answer
    C. Pylos
    Explanation
    Telemachus's first destination is Pylos.

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  • 7. 

     According to Nestor, why had Odysseus and Melelaus separated on the way home from Troy?

    • A.

      Odysseus stayed with Nestor.

    • B.

      Odysseus stayed with Agamemnon

    • C.

      Odysseus stayed with Athena.

    Correct Answer
    B. Odysseus stayed with Agamemnon
    Explanation
    Odysseus and Melelaus separated on the way home from Troy because Odysseus stayed with Agamemnon.

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  • 8. 

     Aegisthus had killed whom?

    • A.

      Agamemnon

    • B.

      Zeus

    • C.

      Nestor

    Correct Answer
    A. Agamemnon
    Explanation
    Aegisthus had killed Agamemnon.

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  • 9. 

     Who avenges him?

    • A.

      Hector

    • B.

      Telemachus

    • C.

      Orestes

    Correct Answer
    C. Orestes
    Explanation
    Orestes avenges him.

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  • 10. 

    Where does Telemachus find Menelaus?

    • A.

      At a double wedding

    • B.

      On the battlefield

    • C.

      In the barn

    Correct Answer
    A. At a double wedding
    Explanation
    Telemachus finds Menelaus at a double wedding. This suggests that Menelaus is attending a celebration where two couples are getting married at the same time. The fact that Menelaus is present at this joyful event implies that he is in a peaceful and prosperous setting, rather than on the battlefield or in a barn.

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  • 11. 

    For whom does Menelaus grieve most?

    • A.

      His brother

    • B.

      His son

    • C.

      His wife

    Correct Answer
    A. His brother
    Explanation
    Menelaus grieves most for his brother. This can be inferred from the context of the question, as it asks for whom Menelaus grieves the most. Given that the options include his son and his wife, it can be assumed that his brother holds a higher level of importance and emotional attachment for him.

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  • 12. 

    Why does Helen drug the wine?

    • A.

      So she can sneak away

    • B.

      To liven up the party.

    • C.

      So they forget their sorrows.

    Correct Answer
    C. So they forget their sorrows.
    Explanation
    Helen drugs the wine so that the people at the party can forget their sorrows. This suggests that the party might be a somber or melancholic occasion, and Helen wants to create a more enjoyable and carefree atmosphere for everyone. By drugging the wine, she hopes to help the guests temporarily escape from their troubles and have a good time.

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  • 13. 

    Who tells Calypso that she must release Odysseus?

    • A.

      Mentor

    • B.

      Hermes

    • C.

      Zeus

    Correct Answer
    B. Hermes
    Explanation
    Hermes tells Calypso that she must release Odysseus. In Greek mythology, Hermes is the messenger of the gods and is known for his ability to travel quickly between the realms of the gods and mortals. In the story of Odysseus, Calypso is a nymph who has held Odysseus captive on her island for several years. However, Zeus, the king of the gods, sends Hermes to deliver the message that Odysseus must be released. Hermes' role as the messenger of the gods makes him the appropriate character to inform Calypso of Zeus' command.

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  • 14. 

    How does he take to the wine dark sea?

    • A.

      On a raft

    • B.

      On a ship

    • C.

      On a tugboat

    Correct Answer
    A. On a raft
    Explanation
    The phrase "wine dark sea" is a poetic description used in Homer's epic poems, particularly in the Odyssey, to describe the color of the sea. In the Odyssey, the protagonist Odysseus is stranded on an island and has to make his way back home. He constructs a raft to navigate the sea, hence the correct answer is "On a raft".

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  • 15. 

    How does Odysseus get on the island?

    • A.

      Zues helps

    • B.

      Hermes helps

    • C.

      Athena helps

    Correct Answer
    C. Athena helps
    Explanation
    In the epic poem "The Odyssey," Odysseus gets on the island with the help of the goddess Athena. Athena, who is his patron goddess, assists him throughout his journey and provides him with guidance and protection. She helps Odysseus by intervening in his favor, supporting him in his battles, and ensuring his safe arrival on the island.

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