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The Odyssey Essay

  • Submitted by: hoganater
  • on February 3, 2014
  • Category: English
  • Length: 373 words

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The Odyssey - Study Guide

Introduction/ Background


1 How are the Gods in Greek Culture similar and different to humans?


2 What is a myth?


3 What is an epic poem? What elements of Homer’s The Odyssey show that it is an Epic poem?

        D. Why do we still read the Odyssey today?







Book 1


1 Why does Homer call upon the muse?


2 Where is Odysseus when the book begins and why?


3 Which God defends Odysseus to Zeus?


Book 2-4


1 Who does Telemachus have to go speak to in order to learn about his father’s journey?


What possible peril waits for him at home?


Book 5


1   Who does Zeus send to tell Calypso a message and what is that message?


2   Why is Calypso mad about Zeus’ message?


3   What does Odysseus have to do to get home?


Books 6-8


1   Where is Odysseus?


Book 9


1   List the places mentioned in this book only that Odysseus went to.


2 What type of person is Odysseus portrayed as when he is on the island of the Lotus Eaters?


3 What type of person is Odysseus portrayed as when he is on the island of the Cyclopes? (Hint:there are 2 different characteristics shown)


4 Identify two points while on the island of the Cyclopes where Odysseus ignores the advice of his men with negative results?


5   What is foreshadowed in this section?


Book 10


1   What does Circe turn the men into?


2 Why is that significant?


3   What does Odysseus have to do in order to get Circe to turn his men back into humans. (The entire process, and be accurate but also appropriate).


Book 11


1   Where is Odysseus in this book?


2 Who must he speak to here?


3 What does Elpenor ask of him?


4   How did Elpenor die?


5   How did his mom die?


Book 12:


1   List in order the events in book 12:


2   What plan does Odysseus devise in order to resist the sirens but allow him to still listen?


3   How is Odysseus characterized during the...

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