The Odyssey and Epic Poetry: An Introduction, Part 1

Read the excerpt from The Odyssey.”I am Laertes’ son, Odysseus.Men hold me formidable for guile in peace and war:this fame has gone abroad to the sky’s rim.Which is the best paraphrase of this excerpt? Odysseus is the son of Laertes and is widely respected for his cunning.
Which elements are best known for helping performers memorize an epic poem?supernatural elements and poetic languagedetailed descriptions and informal languagerhyme, rhythm, and repetition of certain wordselevated language and lists of historical events rhyme, rhythm, and repetition of certain words
Which excerpt from The Odyssey best shows that the ancient Greeks greatly valued the idea of home? I drove them, all three wailing, to the ships, tied them down under their rowing benches, and called the rest: ‘All hands aboard; come, clear the beach and no one tastethe Lotus, or you lose your hope of home.’
Read the excerpt from The Odyssey.My home is on the peaked sea-mark of Ithacaunder Mount Neion’s wind-blown robe of leaves, in sight of other islands—Dulichium, Same, wooded Zacynthus—Ithacabeing most lofty in that coastal sea,and northwest, while the rest lie east and south. A rocky isle, but good for a boy’s training;I shall not see on earth a place more dear,Read a student’s paraphrase of the excerpt.Odysseus’s home is Ithaca, a rocky island surrounded by other islands. Odysseus considers Ithaca a great place in which to grow up.What key detail should be added to strengthen the student’s paraphrasing of this excerpt? Odysseus holds his home very close to his heart.
Read the excerpt from The Odyssey.My men stood up and made a fight of it— backed on the ships, with lances kept in play, from bright morning through the blaze of noonso holding our beach, although so far outnumbered; but when the sun passed toward unyoking time, then the Achaeans, one by one, gave way.Which values of the ancient Greeks are most emphasized in this excerpt? bravery and perseverance
What does Odysseus do on the island of Cicones that best shows the trait of leadership? After he and his men land on the island and plunder for goods, Odysseus commands them to return quickly to the ship so they can safely set sail.
Based on this passage of The Odyssey, one can conclude that the ancient Greeks greatly valued ______? bravery
Which event from The Odyssey best highlights the idea that the ancient Greeks greatly disliked greediness? Zeus sends dangerous storms to punish Odysseus and his men for their actions on the island of Cicones.
Read the excerpt from The Odyssey.This was an army, trained to fight on horseback or, where the ground required, on foot. They came with dawn over that terrain like the leavesand blades of spring. So doom appeared to us, dark word of Zeus for us, our evil days.My men stood up and made a fight of it— backed on the ships, with lances kept in play, from bright morning through the blaze of noonso holding our beach, although so far outnumbered; but when the sun passed toward unyoking time, then the Achaeans, one by one, gave way.Which stage of the hero’s journey is represented in this passage? the road of trials
Read the excerpt from The Odyssey.He saw the townlandsand learned the minds of many distant men,and weathered many bitter nights and daysin his deep heart at sea, while he fought onlyto save his life, to bring his shipmates home.Which is the most effective paraphrase of this excerpt? Odysseus learned much and encountered many obstacles on his long journey to bring himself and his men home safely.

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