The Odyssey

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In Book 1, who seeks to punish Odysseus?

Poseidon

2

How did Odysseus anger Poseidon?

He blinded Polyphemus

3

Where is Odysseus at the beginning of the poem?

Ogygia

4

Which goddess visits Telemachus in the beginning of the poem?

Athena

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Telemachus is overrun with

Suitors

6

What does Mentes give to Telemachus?

Word of Odysseus

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What's the purpose of Telemachus' quest?

He has to find word or rumour about Odysseus and his fate

8

Who tells Telemachus that it's time to grow up?

Mentes

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Who interrupts Phemius' song?

Penelope

10

How many times has the meeting of the assembly occurred since Odysseus left?

Once

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What does Telemachus seek from the elders?

Help

12

Who does Antinous blame for Telemachus' problems?

Penelope

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How long have the suitors been coming to the palace?

3+ years

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What sign is sent by Zeus?

Two fighting eagles

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Who read the sign sent by Zeus?

Halitherses

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At the start of the Odyssey, how many years have elapsed since the end of the Trojan war?

10 years

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At the beginning of the poem, Odysseus is languishing on an island where he is the prisoner of a goddess. What is her name?

Calypso

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Which Greek island does Odysseus come from?

Ithaca

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Which of the Olympian gods watches over Odysseus and his son, Telemachus during his long absence from home?

Athena

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Many suitors wish to marry Penelope, Odysseus's wife, believing that he is dead. Penelope insists that she must first weave a piece of cloth, but as a delaying tactic, unravels it every night. What is the cloth for?

A shroud for Odysseus's father

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Telemachus travels to Pylos on the mainland of Greece to consult a very old king who was a friend of his father's and also fought in the Trojan War. What was he king's name?

Nestor

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The king urges Telemachus to be like the son of Agamemnon and defend his father and his inheritance. Who was Agamemnon's son?

Orestes

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Telemachus next moves to Sparta to visit Menelaus and his wife, a pivotal figure in the story of the Trojan War. Who was she?

Helen`

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Meanwhile, having finally been released by the goddess, Odysseus has sailed away to Phaeacia. There he meets Nausicaaa, the king's daughter. What are she and her maids doing at the time?

Washing clothes

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Nausicaa takes Odysseus to the palace, where he hears the Phaeacians' great bard, Demodocus 'whom the Muse loved above all others, although she had mingled good and evil in gifts, robbing him of...' what?

Sight

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Odysseus tells the Phaeacians all that has happened to him since the end of the Trojan War. One early adventure took his crew to the land of the Lotus-Eaters. What happened to those who ate the fruit of the lotus?

They forgot home and only wanted to eat fruit

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Another adventure involves the Cyclopes, a race of one-eyed giants. Who is the giant who traps Odysseus and his crew in his cave and is eventually blinded by Odysseus?

Polyphemus

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The blinded Cyclops is the son of Poseidon, who becomes Odysseus's greatest enemy after this episode. Poseidon was god of:

The sea

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The witch-goddess Circe turns Odysseus's crew into which animal?

Pigs

30

Which hero's ghost refuses to speak to him, unable to get over losing the contest for Achilles' armour?

Ajax

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After Odysseus leaves the underworld, he and his crew have many more misfortunes. Which monsters do they encounter?

The Sirens, Scylla, and Charybdis

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The final misfortune, which results in the death of all except Odysseus, results from stealing something which belongs to Helios, son of Zeus. What was it?

A herd of cattle

33

His narrative is over, the Phaeacians take Odysseus back to his own island, where he is disguised by divine means. He seeks out his faithful servant, Eumaeus. What is Eumaeus's job?

Swineherd

34

Eumaeus tells Odysseus that as a child, he was taken into slavery and sold to Laertes, Odysseus's father. What nationality were his captors, a race renowned as sailors, traders, and colonists in ancient times?

Phoenicians

35

Divine intervention ensures that Telemachus rushes back home. Odysseus reveals himself to his son and then returns to his palace, still disguised. By which old friend, who drops dead from shock as a result, is he then recognized?

Argos, his hunting dog

36

Penelope orders Eurycleia, who was nurse to Odysseus and Telemachus, to wash the stranger's feet. She immediately recognizes her master by a scar on his thigh, from a hunt for which animal?

Boar

37

On the next day, Penelope tells the suitors that she will marry the victor of a competition- in what?

Archery

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Naturally Odysseus wins the competition, and soon the suitors and the faithless maid servants are dead. Finally he reveals himself to Penelope, but what does she trick him into telling her as final proof that he is her husband?

How he constructed their marriage bed

39

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

12

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How does Athena disguise herself to make preparations for Telemachus's journey?

As Mentor

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Who finds Odysseus on the island of Scheria?

Nausicaa

42

Who has an affair with Eurymachus?

Melantho

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Menelaus is king of which city?

Sparta

44

How is Odysseus able to listen safely to the Sirens' song?

He has his men bind him to the ship's mast

45

Who begs Odysseus to bury him?

Elpenor

46

Of what did Odysseus's mother die?

Grief

47

How old is Telemachus at the start of the epic?

Early 20s

48

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

They are hanged

49

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

The cattle of the Sun

50

Who kills Antinous's father?

Laertes

51

Who transforms Odysseus's sailors into pigs?

Circe

52

Odysseus left Penelope bound for what city?

Troy

53

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

Agamemnon and Orestes

54

Who does Zeus send to rescue Odysseus from Calypso?

Hermes

55

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

He raped Cassandra

56

What gift does Telemachus accept from Menelaus?

A silver mixing-bowl finished with a lip of gold

57

How long does Odysseus spend on Calypso's island?

7 years