The Odyssey Questions: Part II
The Meeting of Father and Son pp. 928-931
1. What important Greek value does Telemachus‟ and Eumaeus‟ treatment of the
unknown beggar reveal?
2. What does Telemachus‟ response to Odysseus‟ transformation suggest about
the relationship between the ancient Greeks and their gods? 3. What simile in lines 1031-1032 describes the feelings of Odysseus and his son
as they embrace after twenty years? How would you describe exactly how the
father and son are feeling here?
4. What epithet (phrase used to describe something or someone) is used to
characterize Odysseus in the following lines:
“The noble and enduring man replies:
„No god. Why take me for a god? No, no.‟”
5. To what are the cries of Odysseus and Telemachus compared?
The Beggar and the Faithful Dog pp. 932-934
6. Why would a great epic concern itself with a dog?
7. Describe Argos‟ condition when Odysseus first sees him?
8. What does this scene reveal about Odysseus‟ character?
9. What does the dog symbolize (what idea or feeling does he represent)? 10. Why is this scene ironic? (Hint: in this case, this is dramatic irony. Look it up in
the back of your book).
11. What do you think of Eumaeus‟ idea about servants?
12. What qualities does Penelope reveal about herself through her actions at the
end of the episode?
The Test of the Great Bow pp. 936-940
13. What images does Homer use to help his audience visualize the storeroom that
holds the bow?
14. What must Penelope‟s suitors do to pass her test?
15. Why does Penelope cry when she lifts Odysseus‟ bow from the peg?
16. What internal conflict does Odysseus face in the lines 1127-1129? 17. What promises does Odysseus make to the swineherd and cowherd “if Zeus
brings down the suitors”?
18. What sign does Odysseus use to prove his return to the swineherd and cowherd? 19. Why is Penelope‟s acceptance of the beggar as a suitor ironic?
Death at the Palace pp. 941-943
20. Why does Odysseus choose Antinous as the first suitor he must “deal” with?
21. Where does Odysseus hit Antinous with the arrow?
22. How doe the suitors react to Antinous‟ death?
23. On whom does Eurymachus place the blame of the suitor‟ actions?
24. What does Cronium mean?
25. What does Eurymachus offer Odysseus as restitution?
26. What two things has Odysseus done that make it nearly impossible for the
suitors to “fight [their] way out or run for it”?
27. To what are Odysseus and his men compared in lines 1293-1303? 28. What is this comparison an example of?
Odysseus and Penelope pp.944-947
29. How does Odysseus punish the maids that have betrayed his household? 30. How does Penelope respond when she learns of the return of her husband? 31. Where does Penelope tell Eurycleia to place Odysseus‟ bed?
32. Describe Penelope and Odysseus‟ bed.
33. Why is the bed unmovable?
34. How does Odysseus “pass” Penelope‟s test?
35. How many people have seen the bed of Odysseus and Penelope?