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What test does Penelope give Odysseus to determine if he is really Odysseus?

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cyoung95 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 2, 2008 at 8:30 AM via web

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What test does Penelope give Odysseus to determine if he is really Odysseus?

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cybil | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted November 2, 2008 at 10:29 AM (Answer #1)

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Penelope tells one of the maids to move the bed from the couple's bedroom for the "stranger" to sleep in. Only Odysseus, Penelope, and the maid know that the bed cannot be moved because Odysseus built it with an olive tree trunk as one of the bedsteads. Angrily, Odysseus demands to know how the bed can possibly be moved. With this question, Penelope knows this man truly is her husband who has finally returned. Her test shows she is a clever woman equal to Odysseus in cunning. 

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