The Odyssey - Study Guide
(pgs. 895 – 964)
Please bring notebook paper and a pen/pencil for the test. Use this study guide with the book to help prepare.
1) Character Matching
In the space provided write a brief description of each of the following characters.
Antinous- The beggar-
Polites- King Alcinous
The Sirens- The Lotus-
2) Multiple Choice
The answers to the following questions will prepare you for the multiple choice section of the test.
-Why has Odysseus left Ithaca in the first place? What happened there?
-What is the danger of the Lotus Flower? What does Odysseus have to do to save his men?
-Why can’t Odysseus kill the Cyclops? What is his plan to escape from the cave?
-What does Odysseus do as he leaves the Cyclops? What are the consequences of his actions?
-What happens to Odysseus’s men in Circe’s house? How is Odysseus able to resist her magic?
- How do Odysseus’ men become immune to the Sirens’ singing? Why is Odysseus tied to the mast?
-What advice does Circe give concerning Scylla and Charybdis? Why doesn’t Odysseus tell his men about them?
-Why does Zeus destroy Odysseus’s last ship? Where does Odysseus end up after this and how long is he there?
-Who is the first person to meet Odysseus when he reaches the shores of Ithaca? What information does he receive from this person?
-How does Odysseus disguise himself?
-What is a suitor? How many of them have taken control of Odysseus’ palace?
-How does Penelope finally decide to choose a suitor? Explain the rules that are involved with this.
- Who are the lead suitors? Describe their personalities.
- Which three characters does Odysseus reveal his true identity to? How does he prove who he is?
-How do the suitors attempt to make up for their crimes against Odysseus? How does Odysseus respond to their requests?
-What are the key to victories for Odysseus and his men during the battle in the great hall?
-What is the test that Penelope gives to Odysseus?
-A major theme in The Odyssey is hospitality (being helpful to people in need if you are a host or a guest). Explain how this theme is important to the story.
- What are the strengths and weaknesses of Odysseus? Think of events from anywhere in the story to support your claims. Is Odysseus a true hero or not?