The Odyssey Unit Quiz

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The Odyssey Unit Quiz

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  • 1. 
    What is Odysseus's destination after the Trojan War?
    • A. 

      Home to Ithaca

    • B. 

      The land of the Cyclopes

    • C. 

      Olympus, where the gods live

    • D. 

      Sparta, to see Menelaus

  • 2. 
    Which of the following helps Odysseus to defeat Polyphemus?
    • A. 

      Calling on the god Poseidon

    • B. 

      Telling Polyphemus that his name is Nohbdy

    • C. 

      Offering Polyphemus's ram as a sacrifice to Zeus

    • D. 

      Leaving men behind when he goes to Polyphemus's cave

  • 3. 
    Why do Odysseus and his men enter Polyphemus's cave?
    • A. 

      To kill Polyphemus

    • B. 

      To capture Polyphemus

    • C. 

      To find desperately needed food and shelter

    • D. 

      To satisfy Odysseus's curiosity about Polyphemus

  • 4. 
    In exchange for the wine, Polyphemus promises to
    • A. 

      Let Odysseus go free

    • B. 

      Eat Odysseus last

    • C. 

      Sacrifice his prize ram to Zeus

    • D. 

      Spare the rest of Odysseus's men

  • 5. 
    By proudly informing Polyphemus of his true name and the fact that he and his men have escaped, Odysseus clearly
    • A. 

      Pleases his men

    • B. 

      Impresses his men

    • C. 

      Endangers his men

    • D. 

      Acts to shorten his journey home

  • 6. 
    In Book 9, Odysseus's greatest weakness as a leader of men has to do with
    • A. 

      Being too proud.

    • B. 

      Being unwilling to risk lives.

    • C. 

      Having a negative outlook on life.

    • D. 

      Not wanting to stand out among his men.

  • 7. 
    What prevents Circe from turning Odysseus into a pig?
    • A. 

      His virtue

    • B. 

      His reputation

    • C. 

      Magic

    • D. 

      Pleasure

  • 8. 
    Odysseus is told to sail closer to the Scylla than to Charybdis so that
    • A. 

      No harm will come to Odysseus's men.

    • B. 

      Odysseus will not be harmed.

    • C. 

      Harm will come to fewer of Odysseus's men.

    • D. 

      Odysseus won't be tempted to fight against fate.

  • 9. 
    Who is the Charybdis?
    • A. 

      A whirlpool

    • B. 

      A drifting rock

    • C. 

      A six headed monster

    • D. 

      A slippery mountain that cannot be crossed

  • 10. 
    Who is Scylla?
    • A. 

      A whirlpool

    • B. 

      A drifting rock

    • C. 

      A six-headed monster

    • D. 

      A slippery mountain that cannot be crossed

  • 11. 
    The main reason that the suitors and servants don't recognize Odysseus when he first appears is that
    • A. 

      He is disguised.

    • B. 

      He has aged twenty years

    • C. 

      He is wearing armor and a helmet.

    • D. 

      Athena has made him beautiful and taller.

  • 12. 
    In the struggle between Odysseus and the suitors, Odysseus refuses to
    • A. 

      Take aid.

    • B. 

      Kill anyone.

    • C. 

      Show mercy and forgiveness.

    • D. 

      Harm the suitors.

  • 13. 
    In the struggle between Odysseus and the suitors, the gods appear to
    • A. 

      Remain neutral.

    • B. 

      Take Odysseus's side.

    • C. 

      Take the suitors' side.

    • D. 

      Swing their support between Odysseus and the suitors.

  • 14. 
    Which of the following causes Penelope to accept Odysseus as her true husband?
    • A. 

      Zeus's thunderbolt

    • B. 

      Odysseus's stringing the bow

    • C. 

      Odysseus's knowing that their bed cannot be moved

    • D. 

      The goddess Athena making Odysseus look like his younger self

  • 15. 
    Penelope's initial reaction to Odysseus is one of
    • A. 

      Joy.

    • B. 

      Anger.

    • C. 

      Shock.

    • D. 

      Distrust.

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