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Quiz: Characters, Allusions, Epithets & Epic Similes

Quiz by Christina Edwards

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  • Q1
    Stopping on the island of the Lotus Eaters is nearly disastrous for Odysseus and his crew because
    the island is home to a six-headed monster that likes to eat travelers.
    killing any of the island's cattle enrages the god Helios.
    eating the Lotus flower makes people forget all about going home.
    the fruit of the Lotus tree looks delicious but is deadly.
  • Q2
    Polyphemus is a
    Sea Monster
  • Q3
    Circe is a
    Calypso's Sister
    Witch/ Enchantress
  • Q4
    Odysseus says that the Cyclops “clutched at my companions / and caught two in his hands like squirming puppies / to beat their brains out, spattering the floor. / Then he dismembered them and made his meal, / gaping and crunching like a mountain lion.” He uses a simile to compare the Cyclops to a
    delicious meal.
    spattered floor.
    mountain lion.
    squirming puppy.
  • Q5
    Which trait of an epic hero does Odysseus show when he ties his men to the rams?
  • Q6
    What is the epithet?
    "A prodigious man slept in this cave alone..."
    "...young Dawn with finger tips of rose..."
    "Old ship mates, friends, the rest of you stand by!"
    "He kept Apollo's holy grove at Ismarus..."
  • Q7
    "Even Cyclopes know the wine grapes grow out of grassland and loam on heaven's rain, but here's a bit of nectar and ambrosia." What is the allusion?
    nectar and ambrosia
    Even Cyclopes know
    wine rapes grow out of grassland
    heaven's rain

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