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The Odyssey Questions Books 1-4

The Odyssey Questions Books 1-4



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Questions for middle school/high school study of Homer's ODYSSEY using the discussion group approach.
Questions for middle school/high school study of Homer's ODYSSEY using the discussion group approach.

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Questions for Books One through Four TheOdyssey
Instructions: These questions are designed to help you learn the details of the work by Homer.Please answer them in the evenings and then be ready to discuss your answers in your discussion group tomorrow.
1.)Book One begins with Homer asking the Muse to sing. What is a muse? (research)2.) Book One explains that Odysseus, alone of the Greek Heroes, has been waylaid from his journey home from Troy. He "provoked the wrath of the god of earthquakes." What did he do toprovoke the wrath of the god and who is the god? (recall)3.) Name and describe the major players in the first part of the Odyssey:a.)_________________ the hero of the taleb.)_________________ the Queen of Ithacac.)_________________ the hero's sond.)_________________ the nymph who detains the hero on her island.e.)_________________ the goddess who helps the hero and his sonf.)_________________ ringleader of the suitors of the Queeng.)_________________ the aged nursemaid of the Kingh.)_________________ King of Pylosi.)_________________ Leader of the Greeks at Troy j.)_________________ King of Sparta, husband of Helenk.)_________________ the son who avenges Agamemnon4.) How do the Greeks finally defeat the Trojans at Troy? (expository writing - constructedresponse)5.) Why does Telemachus voyage to the kingdoms of Pylos and Sparta? (brief constructedresponse)6.) HUBRIS is the greatest sin of the ancient Greek world. Research the term and briefly descriveit. Then, explain why it was such a reviled thing in the ancient world. (Exposition and Opinion -constructed response)7.) In Book Four of the Odyssey, King Menelaus describes his journey home from Troy. In onehundred words (or less) summarize the events that occured on his journey home.8.) You have read enough of the book to begin to have a grasp of the author, Homer. ResearchHomer and write a brief "biography" of him (200 words). (Research and exposition).

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