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Introductory questions for The Odyssey

Introductory questions for The Odyssey

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  • ODYSSEY is defined as “a long journey.” Whose long journey is describedin The Odyssey? (878)
  • What is an epic? (878)
  • Who wrote The Odyssey? (878)
  • What do historians know about the author of The Odyssey? (882)
  • How did The Trojan War begin? (879) In what epic is the Trojan War themain event? (888)
  • What was the Wooden Horse Trick? (881)
  • What is an alter ego? (882)
  • Who serves as Odysseus’s alter ego for good qualities? (Hint, these are the people who are on his side) (882)
  • Who serves as Odysseus’s alter ego for bad qualities? (882)
  • Define rhapsode. (882)
  • How were the epics, like The Odyssey, told? (883)
  • What other two names are the Greeks referred to as in The Odyssey?

Major Characters in The Odyssey: Guided Notes

Use this handout to help you in reading this epic poem. Some have been leftblank intentionally. Use pgs 885 – 886 of your blue lit book to complete these notes!

  • Alcinous: King of Paeacia. Odysseus tells to story of his adventures to Alcinous’ court.
  • __________: Beautiful goddess nymph who keeps Odysseus on her island for seven years.
  • Charybdis: Female monster who sucks in water to form whirlpools.
  • Scylla: Female monster with six serpent heads, who works with Charybdis.
  • __________: Witch – goddess who lives on Aeaea and turned Odysseus’ men into swine (pigs).
  • Cyclops or __________: The son of Poseidon.
  • Sirens: Sean nymphs whose beautiful and mysterious music lures sailors to crash their ships into the rocks.
  • __________: Famous blind prophet from the city of Thebes.
  • _________: Odysseus’ faithful wife.
  • Telemachus: __________________________________________

The Gods:

Apollo

Athena

Cronus

Helios

Hephaestus

Hermes

PoseidonZeus

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The page numbers refer to Holt, Rinehart, and Winston's ELEMENTS OF LITERATURE (3rd Course).

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