The Odyssey



Study Questions & Essay Topics

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1. In Penelope’s archery contest, through how many axes must Odysseus fire his arrow?

2. Which plant makes the sailors forget their desire to return home?

3. How does Athena disguise herself to make preparations for Telemachus’s journey?

4. Who is Argos?

5. Who first finds Odysseus on the island of Scheria?

6. Who has an affair with Eurymachus?

7. Menelaus is king of which city?

8. Eurycleia recognizes Odysseus based on what distinguishing feature?

9. How is Odysseus able to listen safely to the Sirens’ song?

10. Who begs Odysseus to bury him?

11. Of what did Odysseus’s mother die?

12. How old is Telemachus at the start of the epic?

13. What happens to the disloyal maids after they clean the blood from the great hall?

14. What does Tiresias warn Odysseus not to harm on his voyage?

15. Who kills Antinous’s father?

16. In about what year was the Odyssey composed?

17. Who transforms Odysseus’s sailors into pigs?

18. Odysseus left Penelope bound for what city?

19. Which goddess often assists Odysseus and Telemachus, and speaks up for them in the councils of the gods on Mount Olympus?

20. Why does Poseidon despise Odysseus?

21. Which two characters provide a point of comparison for Odysseus and Telemachus?

22. Who does Zeus send to rescue Odysseus from Calypso?

23. What did Ajax do to bring disaster upon the homecoming Greek fleet?

24. What gift does Telemachus accept from Menelaus?

25. How long does Odysseus spend on Calypso’s island?

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The Sirens

by senayabraham, March 05, 2013

Odysseus covered his mens ears with beeswax, because they would never want to go back home listening to the sirens.


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The Odyssey

by atemplar16, May 30, 2013

what can u tell me about the Odyssey so i can finish a crossword puzzle for english9


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In Athena's Section - MISTAKE!!

by sparkhorse007, June 06, 2013

'Athena naturally has a soft spot for the brave and wily Odysseus.'
It's actually;
Athena naturally has a soft spot for the brave and WITY Odysseus.


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