The Odyssey: Conflict and Theme, Part 4

Read the excerpt from Part 4 of The Odyssey.and on our starboard beam Charybdis, dire gorge of the salt seatide. By heaven! when shevomited, all the sea was like a cauldronseething over intense fire, when the mixturesuddenly heaves and rises.Which statement best explains the simile in this excerpt?The sea is compared to a boiling pot, emphasizing its churning.The sea is compared to a boiling pot, emphasizing its depth.The sea is compared to heaven, emphasizing its strength.The sea is compared to heaven, emphasizing its size. The sea is compared to a boiling pot, emphasizing its churning.
Read this paragraph.Claire marveled at her little brother’s flawless dive. It looked effortless now, but she knew he had spent weeks perfecting the arch of his body and the point of his toes. She wanted to have a dive like that—the type people stop and watch. Still, she could not bring herself to attempt it. After all, her brother’s first twenty or so dives had been awful, with knees and elbows flailing. Claire shuddered to imagine looking like that in clear view of the entire pool population. And the whole head-first concept seemed intimidating. She wondered if her hands would reach the bottom of the pool. Maybe some day. But for now, she decided she would just watch.What is the conflict in the excerpt?The sea is compared to a boiling pot, emphasizing its churning.character versus charactercharacter versus societycharacter versus nature The sea is compared to a boiling pot, emphasizing its churning.
What theme is Homer presenting when Odysseus has his men tie him so that he will ignore the call of the Sirens in Part 3 of The Odyssey?With strength and planning, one can resist temptation.Loyalty and devotion to the gods lead to success.People should be wary of the comforts wealth brings.It is important to be prepared with the necessary tools. With strength and planning, one can resist temptation.
Read the excerpt from Part 1 of The Odyssey.My men were mutinous,fools, on stores of wine. Sheep after sheep they butchered by the surf, and shambling cattle,feasting,—while fugitives went inland, running to call to arms the main force of Cicones. 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.What theme is supported by the excerpt?The victors of war earn rewards.The fugitives of war suffer in isolation.Soldiers should take proper care of their horses.Soldiers must be wary of their enemies. Soldiers must be wary of their enemies.
Read this paragraph.Sitting on the porch swing with her eyes closed and her headphones on, Ana saw her mother leaning out of the kitchen door. Her mom gestured for her to remove her headphones and said, “I’d like you to complete your homework before you begin lounging around this afternoon.””I just need a break, Mom,” Ana replied.”There may be time for a break later, but algebra needs your attention now,” insisted her mother as she turned and headed inside.With a deep sigh, Ana removed her headphones. She reached for her discarded backpack, wishing she could have just a little unstructured time.What is the conflict in the excerpt?character versus selfcharacter versus charactercharacter versus societycharacter versus nature character versus character
Read the excerpt from Part 1 of The Odyssey.Now Zeus the lord of cloud roused in the northA storm against the ships, and driving veils of squall moved down like night on land and sea. The bows went plunging at the gust; sails cracked and lashed out strips in the big wind.We saw death in that fury, dropped the yards, unshipped the oars, and pulled for the nearest lee: then two long days and nights we lay offshore.What theme is best revealed by this conflict?With cooperation, crews can defeat the gods.Dangerous ocean travel claims many lives.Rest is required for all who work hard.People must respect the wrath of the gods. People must respect the wrath of the gods.
Read the excerpt from Part 4 of The Odyssey.I happened to glance aft at ship and oarsmen and caught sight of their arms and legs, dangling high overhead. Voices came down to me in anguish, calling my name for the last time.A man surfcasting on a point of rock for bass or mackerel, whipping his long rod to drop the sinker and the bait far out, will hook a fish and rip it from the surface to dangle wriggling through the air:so thesewere borne aloft in spasms toward the cliff.Which statement best explains the simile in this excerpt?Odysseus’s men are compared to fishermen, showing their resourcefulness.Odysseus’s men are compared to fishermen, showing their love of the sea.Odysseus’s men are compared to caught fish, showing their history.Odysseus’s men are compared to caught fish, showing their helplessness. Odysseus’s men are compared to caught fish, showing their helplessness.
Read this paragraph.Darius was convinced that Kennedy High could improve its morning routine. The student parking lot was a jumble of squealing tires, honking horns, and near-misses with pedestrians. Two hundred students always seemed to arrive moments before the tardy bell, and the result was a recipe for disaster. Still, every time Darius mentioned it to his friends, they laughed it off. He wanted to propose a few early-arriver incentives, such as gym privileges or reduced-cost breakfasts, but nobody seemed concerned.What is the conflict in the excerpt?character versus selfcharacter versus charactercharacter versus societycharacter versus nature character versus society
Read the excerpt from Part 2 of The Odyssey.A prodigious manslept in this cave alone, and took his flocks to graze afield—remote from all companions,knowing none but savage ways, a bruteso huge, [The cyclops] seemed no man at all of thosewho eat good wheaten bread; but he seemed rathera shaggy mountain reared in solitude.What does the metaphor add to the passage? Check all that apply.a description of the Cyclops’ eating habitsa comparison between the Cyclops and a large land forman illustration of the Cyclops’ cavea visual image of the Cyclops’ sizea comparison between the Cyclops and Odysseus a comparison between the Cyclops and a large land forma visual image of the Cyclops’ size
Read the excerpt from Part 4 of The Odyssey.we saw the funnel of the maelstrom, heardthe rock bellowing all around, and darksand raged on the bottom far below. My men all blanched against the gloom, our eyeswere fixed upon that yawning mouth in fear of being devoured.Which statement best explains the metaphor in this excerpt?The whirlpool is compared to a mouth, showing its decreasing strength.The whirlpool is compared to a mouth, showing its menacing threat.The whirlpool is compared to a sandy beach, showing its proximity.The whirlpool is compared to a sandy beach, showing its familiarity. The whirlpool is compared to a mouth, showing its menacing threat.

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