The Odyssey - Study Guide
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?
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?
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?
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?
1 Where is Odysseus?
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?
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).
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?
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...