The Odyssey: Theme Development Quiz

Read the excerpt from The Odyssey.Now from his breast into his eyes the ache of longing mounted, and he wept at last, his dear wife, clear and faithful, in his arms,longed foras the sunwarmed earth is longed for by a swimmer spent in rough water where his ship went downunder Poseidon’s blows, gale winds and tons of sea.Few men can keep alive through a big surfto crawl, clotted with brine, on kindly beachesin joy, in joy, knowing the abyss behind:How does this excerpt from the end of the story show that Odysseus has changed in the course of his adventure?A)He is overly confident in his ability to conquer Poseidon.B)He values home and family more than personal glory.C)He misses the opportunity to sail in stormy seas.D)He is happiest when in command of a difficult battle. B)He values home and family more than personal glory.
In which ways does Odysseus’s character change over the course of The Odyssey? Check all that apply.A)His selfishness becomes more apparent.B)He becomes less dependent upon the gods.C)He becomes more humble.D)He learns to make better decisions.E)His family becomes less important.F)He becomes less arrogant and proud. C)He becomes more humble.D)He learns to make better decisions.F)He becomes less arrogant and proud.
Which would be most helpful when comparing Penelope with Odysseus and how they changed in The Odyssey?A)It would be most helpful to consider Penelope’s actions toward her servants.B)It would be most helpful to consider Odysseus’s words to his men.C)It would be most helpful to consider both characters’ reactions to the suitors.D)It would be most helpful to consider both characters’ physical appearance. C)It would be most helpful to consider both characters’ reactions to the suitors.
One theme found throughout The Odyssey is that help often comes when least expected.Which lines from the text best support this theme?A)Some god guided usthat night, for we could barely see our bowsin the dense fog around usB)All hands aboard; come, clear the beach and no one tastethe Lotus, or you lose your hope of home.C)My men were mutinous, fools, on stores of wine. Sheep after sheep they butchered by the surf, and shambling cattleD)The servants armed themselves, and all three took their stand beside the master of battle A)Some god guided usthat night, for we could barely see our bowsin the dense fog around us
Odysseus is an example of a dynamic character becauseA)he is gone from home for years and misses his family.B)he experiences success in battle and is assisted by the gods.C)he has been a beloved literary hero for hundreds of years.D)he changes in important ways over the course of his journey. D)he changes in important ways over the course of his journey.
Dynamic characters are those who ____________ in important ways over the course of a story.A)ChangeB)SpeakC)MoveD)Act A)Change
Odysseus is called to adventure when he _____________________________________________________A)Outsmart the CyclopsB)Is reunited with PenelopeC)fights the suitors in his homeD)leaves home to join the Trojan War D)leaves home to join the Trojan War
Read the excerpt from The Odyssey.But the man skilled in all ways of contending,satisfied by the great bow’s look and heft, like a musician, like a harper, whenwith quiet hand upon his instrumenthe draws between his thumb and forefingera sweet new string upon a peg: so effortlesslyOdysseus in one motion strung the bow.According to this excerpt, how has Odysseus changed over the course of his adventure?A)He has become more humble and patient in battle.B)He has learned to play the harp very beautifully.C)He has found several new ways to string a bow.D)He has slowly become less satisfied with his skills. A)He has become more humble and patient in battle.
Which themes are found in The Odyssey? Check all that apply.A)Odysseus is a great Greek leader.B)Ithaca is Odysseus’s true home.C)Too much pride is dangerous.D)A great leader is responsible.E)Odysseus is often quite prideful.F)Telemachus loves his father.G)Great journeys often lead back home. C)Too much pride is dangerous.D)A great leader is responsible.G)Great journeys often lead back home.
Read the excerpt from The Odyssey.He dropped his eyes and nodded, and the prince Telemachus, true son of King Odysseus, belted his sword on, clapped hand to his spear,and with a clink and glitter of keen bronzestood by his chair, in the forefront near his father.Which theme do these lines support?A)Appearances are often very deceptive.B)Teamwork builds strength and unity.C)Making snap judgments is unwise.D)Overconfidence can lead one to danger. B)Teamwork builds strength and unity.

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