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By Homer English 9 Semester Exam Mr. Lore GOOD LUCK! Section I ~ Who’s Who? Directions: Match the descriptions with the appropriate characters. 1. _____ Faithful wife of Odysseus 2. _____ Greek King who helps Odysseus 3. _____ Recorded (wrote) The Odyssey A. Agamemnon B. Calypso C. Charybdis 4. _____ Father of Odysseus 5. _____ The Killer Whirlpool 6. _____ Songsters known to lure sailors 7. _____ The Sun God 8. _____ Goddess of Defensive Warfare 9. _____ Son of Odysseus 10. ____ God of the Underworld 11. ____ Cyclops; son of Poseidon 12. ____ God of Gods; son of Cronus 13. ____ God of the Sea D. Circe E. The Sirens F. Penelope G. Hades H. Helen I. Telemachus J. Odysseus K. Laertes L. Antinous M. Helios 14. ____ Face that Launched a Thousand Ships 15. ____ One of Penelope’s Suitors 16. ____ King of Ithaca 17. ____ The Sorceress / Enchantress 18. ____ A Servant to Penelope 19. ____ Beautiful Goddess, holds Odysseus captive 20. ____ Six-Headed Grey Rock-Monster N. Polyphemus O. Zeus P. Athena Q Poseidon R. Scylla S. Homer T. Eurycleia Section II ~ Multiple Choice Directions: Select the letter of the answer that best completes each question. 21. ____ The Odyssey is based on A. Stories collected by Greek philosophers to teach Greek values B. Events, characters, and plot Homer created from imagination C. Actual historical records found by Greek minstrels D. Stories that had been told orally for many generations 22. ____ The Odyssey is based on events that happened A. About 1200 B.C. B. About 800 B. C. C. About 400 B.C. D. At some unknown time and place 23. ____ An Epic is A. A song about Gods and Goddesses B. A traveling poet C. A long narrative poem about the adventures of a hero D. A long story that centers around the life of a minstrel 24. ____ In both the Iliad and the Odyssey A. The mood is warlike and cruel B. All of the action is set in Troy C. The plot concerns a hero how longs to return home D. Courage and cunning are valued 25. ____ Homer is believed to have been a (n) A. Greek philosopher B. Blind Minstrel C. Soldier of the Trojan War D. Illiterate musician 26. ____ At King Alcinous’s, Odysseus tells about events that happened A. During the past ten years B. During the past year C. Before the Trojan War D. During the Trojan War 27. ____ In the land of the Lotus Eaters, Odysseus saves his men by A. Using cunning and a skull B. Using force C. Battling the Lotus Eaters D. Outwitting the Lotus Eaters 28. ____ As a direct result of the encounter with Polyphemus A. Eight of Odysseus’ men are killed B. He offers them his cheese and some milk C. Poseidon becomes Odysseus’ enemy D. The God of Earthquakes befriends Odysseus 29. ____ How does the Cyclops respond to Odysseus’ request for hospitality? A. He scoffs at it and eats two of Odysseus’ men B. He offers them his cheese and some milk C. He yells for his brothers to help him D. None of these are correct 30. ____ Odysseus is able to survive the encounter with the Sirens because he A. Puts wax in his ears B. Is strong enough to resist the singing C. Ties up all his men D. Orders his men to tie him to the mast 31. ____ Odysseus’ men fail to follow is orders in the episode A. With the Sirens B. In Charybdis C. With Scylla D. On the island of the Sun God 32. ____ Which of the following passages contains an epithet? A. “Only Telemachus, uncomprehending, wild with incredulity…” B. “…Antinous appears a blacker-hearted hound than any.” C. “When the young Dawn with fingertips of rose” D. “Telemachus, the stranger you welcomed in you hall…” 33. ____ Odysseus’ bow is unusual in that A. None of the suitors can string it B. It had been stung by a harper C. It can be played just like a harp D. Odysseus carved it from a single piece of oak 34. ____ After Antinous is dead, Eurymachus tries to persuade Odysseus to A. Accept restitution and spare the lives of suitors B. Give the suitors arms and a fair chance to defend themselves C. Show mercy and compassion to the suitors D. Take his rightful place as king of Ithaca 35. ____ Of all the gods and goddesses who figure in the Odyssey, the one who most helps Odysseus is A. Poseidon B. Athena C. Helios D. Cronus 36. ____ Which statement best expresses the theme of The Odyssey? A. A person must use cunning and deceit to avoid danger B. A person must show courage and cleverness to overcome obstacles and achieve personal goals C. A person has no control over what happens in life; fate rules all events D. Those that are strong need to follow no laws except their own desires Section III ~ Vocabulary Directions: For the first section, match the word with its appropriate definition. For the second section, you must completely define the word. 37. ____ Whim A. Inspiring admiration, awe or fear 38. ____ Dithering B. An opponent, enemy 39. ____ Stealth C. To scold mildly 40. ____ Enticing D. Luring, tempting 41. ____ Anguish E. In a hateful way; horribly 42. ____ Disdain F. Great physical or mental suffering; agony 43. ____ Questing G. To rob of property by force; steal from 44. ____ Formidable H. Acting in a nervous or uncertain way 45. ____ Plunder I. To refuse or reject scornfully 46. ____ Adversary J. A sudden impulse or notion; fancy 47. ____ Dwindle K. Extremely sad 48. ____ Aloof L. Quiet, secret, or sneaky behavior 49. ____ Disconsolate M. To become gradually less; diminish 50. ____ Ponderous N. To lie hidden, ready to ambush 51. ____ Omen O. A large gathering; crowd 52. ____ Throng P. A Sign 53. ____ Vile Q. Distant, remote; standoffish 54. ____ Abominably R. Heavy in a clumsy way; bulky 55. ____ Chide S. Evil, disgusting 56. ____ Lurk T. Journeying over; exploring 57. Restitution – 58. Avenge – 59. Succumb – 60. Peril – 61. Frenzy – Section IV ~ Short Answer Directions: Answer the question as specifically as you possibly can. 62. What took Odysseus away from his home at Ithaca? 63. How does Odysseus defeat Polyphemus (The Cyclops)? 64. How will Penelope decide which suitor she will marry? 65. What was one of Odysseus’ Epithets? 66. Circe tells Odysseus that he must travel to the underworld before he can return home; who does he see there? 67. How long does Odysseus stay with Circe? 68. How long does Odysseus stay with Calypso? 69. How is Odysseus disguised when he returns to Ithaca? 70. Who creates his disguise and assists him with his return to Ithaca? Section V ~ Long Answer Directions: Answer the question as specifically as you possibly can, in complete sentences. IF NOT IN COMPLETE SENTENCES, NO CREDIT! 71. Who was “Nohbdy” and explain in detail how “Nohbdy” helped Odysseus. 72. Discuss three specific heroic traits which Odysseus has, and give an example from the story for each. 73. What did Odysseus do to reveal his true self and was no longer “the beggar”. 74. At first, why did Penelope not believe that he was truly Odysseus? 75. How did Odysseus defeat the Trojans? Section VI ~ Geography of “The Odyssey” Directions: Place the correct number in the correct box located on the map of “Real and Imaginary Places in “The Odyssey”. 1. Phaeacians’ Island 2. Cyclopes Island 3. Land of Lotus Eaters 4. Aeaea (Circe) 5. Ogygia (Calypso) 6. Troy 7. Thrinacia 8. Land of Laestrygones 9. Ithaca 10. Sirens Island 11. Sparta 12. Mt. Olympus 13. Ismarus (Cicones) 14. Aeolus’ Island 15. Scylla & Charybdis If you have completed your test, and there is still time left… CHECK YOUR WORK!