The Odyssey Part I Exam

Today we’ll finish part I of the Odyssey.

After watching 1:20:12 to 1:31:14, please follow the directions for the following exam:

Choose any 5 Quiz questions – open book – 50 points 

  1. Explain how the Trojan War began and why. (pgs 741 – 742) 
  2. How did the Greeks get into the city of Troy and win the war? (743) 
  3. Who are: Poseidon, Hermes, Zeus, Athena, and Calypso? (747 – 748) 
  4. What two major facts are mentioned on the 1st page of the Odyssey? (751) 
  5. Describe how Odysseus was able to leave Calypso’s Island prison. (753 – 754) 
  6. Describe the plan that Odysseus used to escape from Cyclops’ cave.  (Quote from the story) 
  7. Who is Circe and what does she do to Odysseus’ men?  How does he avoid her spell? (Quote from the story) 
  8. Explain the peaceful, but dangerous ‘Island of the Lotus Eaters’. (Quote from the story) 
  9. Should Penelope continue to wait for Odysseus, or should she give up and find someone else?  Both Odysseus and her mother in law have told her to ‘move on’. Explain your answer with reason and evidence. 

Each answer needs details and explanations that effectively respond to the question.  When you’re done you’ll have written around 5 paragraphs.

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Circe and her role in “The Odyssey

Circe is described as an ‘enchantress’.  The crew is blown off course and the next stop on the journey is the the Island of Circe.  Today there will be 3 pages of reading and more of the video of “The Odyssey”.

Reading: Pages 773-775

Questions after reading and video:

  1. Circe is described as an “enchantress” (p. 773) what is an ‘enchantress’ and what are her powers? (See: enchant)
  2. Why do you think Calypso and Circe are portrayed in such a manner?  Explain.
  3. Explain what Circe does to the Crew and why it is so effective?

Video: 56:29 to 1:10:43

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The Cyclops’ Cave – Escape and Prophecy

Today we will look at the plan that Odysseus created in order to get out of a seemingly impossible situation.

Learning Target: The role of the Prophecy in “The Odyssey”.

After reading and discussing the following pages, we will look at the video version of events.  (35:09 to 54:57 in the Youtube video).

Classwork Due (20 points): 

  1. What was the most effective part of Odysseus’ plan, in your opinion?
  2. After the escape, the Cyclops puts a ‘curse’ or prohesies doom for Odysseus and his crew.  How does that relate to what we learned on page 1 of The Odyssey?

Todays Reading and Discussion:

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