Book 17 Questions and Answers

Download PDF Print Page Citation Share Link

Last Updated on October 26, 2018, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 213

Study Questions 1. Why does Telemachus tell Peraeus to hold onto Menelaus’ presents?

2. What does Theoclymenus promise Penelope?

3. Whom does Eumaeus call upon to grant Odysseus’ homecoming and the subsequent destruction of Melanthius?

4. Why does the dog Argos react to Odysseus’ presence?

5. What is ironic about...

(The entire section contains 213 words.)

Unlock This Study Guide Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this The Odyssey study guide. You'll get access to all of the The Odyssey content, as well as access to more than 30,000 additional guides and more than 350,000 Homework Help questions answered by our experts.

  • Summary
  • Chapter Summaries
  • Themes
  • Characters
  • Analysis
  • Quotes
  • Critical Essays
  • Teaching Guide
  • Short-Answer Quizzes
Start your 48-Hour Free Trial

Study Questions
1. Why does Telemachus tell Peraeus to hold onto Menelaus’ presents?

2. What does Theoclymenus promise Penelope?

3. Whom does Eumaeus call upon to grant Odysseus’ homecoming and the subsequent destruction of Melanthius?

4. Why does the dog Argos react to Odysseus’ presence?

5. What is ironic about Athene’s desire to have Odysseus test the suitors?

6. According to Antinoös, why do the other suitors give so freely to Odysseus?

7. Why does Penelope wish to see the disguised Odysseus?

8. Why does Eumaeus wish to dissuade Penelope of the interview?

9. Why does Odysseus suggest the interview be postponed until later?

10. What command does Telemachus issue to Eumaeus before the swineherd departs?

Answers
1. He fears the suitors will despoil him of his prizes.

2. Theoclymenus promises Penelope that Odysseus’ return and vengeance are imminent.

3. Eumaeus calls upon the nymphs, who are daughters of Zeus.

4. He used to be Odysseus’ own dog before his master left for Troy.

5. She has no intention of sparing any of them.

6. They generously donate food that does not belong to them.

7. She wants to hear possible news of Odysseus.

8. He does not want her to believe what he thinks are the stranger’s false assertions concerning Odysseus.

9. The violent suitors might disrupt the interview.

10. He tells the swineherd to return the next day.

Illustration of PDF document

Download The Odyssey Study Guide

Subscribe Now
Previous

Book 16 Questions and Answers

Next

Book 18 Questions and Answers