The Odyssey: book 19

What happens when the suitors retire for the night? When the suitors retire for the night, Telemachus and Odysseus remove the arms as planned.
What does Athena do to help Odysseus and Telemachus dispose the arms? Athena lights the room for them so that they can see as they work.
Who is Eurycleia? The old nurse of Odysseus and and Telemachus
What does Telemachus tell Eurycleia? Telemachus tells Eurycleia that they are storing the arms to keep them from being damaged
After they have safely disposed of the arms, what do Telemachus and Odysseus do? After they have safely disposed of the arms, Telemachus retires and Odysseus is joined by Penelope.
Why has Penelope come back from the women’s quarters? To question her visitor
How does Penelope test the beggars honesty? She tests his honesty by asking him to describe her husband. Odysseus describes the Greek hero.
What is the result of the beggar’s perfect description of Odysseus? He captures each detail so perfectly that it reduces Penelope to tears.
What story does the beggar tell after his description of Odysseus? He then tells the story of how he met Odysseus and eventually came to Ithaca.
In many respects, this story parallels those that he told to ______ and ______ in Books 13 and 14, respectively, though it is identical to neither. Athena; Eumaeus
When does the beggar predict odysseus will return home? a month
What does Penelope offer the beggar? a bed
What is the beggar’s excuse for declining Penelope’s bed? He is used to the floor
Who does Odysseus reluctantly allow to wash his feet? Eurycleia
What does Eurycleia notice on Odysseus’s feet s she is putting them in a basin of water, she notices a scar on one of his feet.
How does Eurycleia react to seeing the scar? How did Odysseus get the scar? She immediately recognizes it as the scar that Odysseus received when he went boar hunting with his grandfather Autolycus.
How does Eurycleia react to seeing Odysseus? How do Odysseus and Athena keep his secret from being revealed? She throws her arms around Odysseus, but he silences her while Athena keeps Penelope distracted so that Odysseus’s secret will not be carried any further.
What does Eurycleia promise? The faithful Eurycleia recovers herself and promises to keep his secret.
What does Penelope tell Odysseus before going to bed? Penelope describes to Odysseus a dream that she has had in which an eagle swoops down upon her twenty pet geese and kills them all; it then perches on her roof and, in a human voice, says that he is her husband who has just put her lovers to death.
Does Penelope understand the dream? Penelope declares that she has no idea what this dream means.
How does Odysseus help Penelope? Odysseus explains the dream to her
What does Penelope decide to do despite what Odysseus tells her? Penelope decides that she is going to choose a new husband nevertheless.
How will Penelope select a husband? She will marry the first man who can shoot an arrow through the holes of twelve axes set in a line.

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