The Odyssey: The Homecoming (Books 13-24, Part A) Comprehension

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Subject: English Language Arts
Grade: 9
Standards: RL.9-10.3RL.9-10.2

This grade 9 assignment contains 10 questions where students focus on The Odyssey comprehension. These exercises provide practice for Reading: Literature.

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The Odyssey: The Homecoming (Books 13-24, Part A) Comprehension

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Read each question carefully and select the correct response.

1) How does Athena (goddess of war, wisdom, cleverness, and crafts) aid Odysseus in his return home to Ithaca? 

a)

She initially disguises him as an old man so that he can surprise Penelope’s suitors, who have killed Telemachus and Odysseus’ servant, Eurynome.

b)

She initially disguises him as an old man so that he can surprise Penelope’s suitors, who have taken over his home while he was away.She later intervenes during the battle against the suitors in the Great Hall and the angry townspeople.

c)

She initially disguises Odysseus as a poor man who encounters Ithaca’s wealthiest family. They later foster a strong relationship and as a result,Odysseus inherits a large sum of money to recover his financial loss while being away.

d)

She kills Antinous, who attacks Odysseus over his year-long affairwith Circe in her palace. She then restores peace between Circe and Odysseus’ wife, Penelope.

2) Which item has Odysseus left behind that causes Penelope to grieve?

a)

An olive tree branch

b)

A sword

c)

An iron shield

d)

A hunting bow

3) How does Argos potentially ruin Odysseus’ plan to hide his identity from everyone? 

a)

In conversation, Argos prematurely informs Penelope of Odysseus’ arrival.

b)

In conversation, Argos prematurely informs Telemachus of Odysseus’ arrival.

c)

Argos recognizes Odysseus’ voice and grows excited, but has limited ability to approach him as a familiar person.

d)

Argos recognizes Odysseus’ face through the disguise, grows excited,and walks towards him for greeting.

4) Odysseus, still disguised as an old beggar, enlists the aid of two of his trusted servants, Eumaeus (the swineherd) and Philoetius (the cowherd). What deal does Odysseus arrange with these men?

a)

If the suitors can be defeated, Eumaeus and Philoetius are promised servants,gold, houses built near Odysseus, and to be the brothers-in-arms of Zeus.

b)

If the suitors can be defeated, Eumaeus and Philoetius are promised servants,land, houses built near Odysseus, and to be the brothers-in-arms of Alcinous.

c)

If the suitors can be defeated, Eumaeus and Philoetius are promised marriages,cattle, houses built near Odysseus,and to be the brothers-in-arms of Telemachus.

d)

If the suitors can be defeated, Eumaeus and Philoetius are promised marriages,crops, houses built near Odysseus, and to be the brothers-in-arms of Elpenor.

5) How does Odysseus reveal his true identity to Eumaeus and Philoetius? 

a)

He shows them the branch of the olive tree that they once slept under as young men.

b)

He shows them an old letter that they received after the battle in Troy.

c)

He shows them a bite wound from Scylla and Charybdis’ violent attackat sea in route to Ithaca.

d)

He shows them an old scar from a tusk wound that he got boar hunting on Parnassus.

6) How does Odysseus plan to use Eumaeus and Philoetius against the suitors?

a)

Eumaeus is instructed to bring Odysseus the bow to participate in the contest. Eumaeus will tell the women to lock their door tight and ignore the cries of men. Philoetius is instructed to lock the outer gate.

b)

Eumaeus is instructed to bring Odysseus the bow to participate in the contest. Eumaeus will tell the women to lock their door tight and ignore the cries of men. Philoetius is instructed to distract the outside animals.

c)

Eumaeus is instructed to bring Odysseus the bow participate in the contest.Eumaeus will tell the women to lock their door tight and ignore the cries of men.Philoetius is instructed to distract the townspeople outside.

d)

Eumaeus is instructed to bring Odysseus the bow to participate in the contest.Eumaeus will tell the women to lock their door tight and ignore the cries of men.Philoetius is instructed to pretend to call for help.

7) What strength as a leader does Odysseus display through his plan for Eumaeus and Philoetius? 

a)

Discernment

b)

Integrity

c)

Intelligence

d)

Humility

8) How does Odysseus defeat Antinous, one of Penelope’s rudest and demanding suitors?

a)

In a fierce battle, he is stabbed with a sword.

b)

He is stoned to death for public viewing.

c)

In the archery contest, Odysseus’ arrow pierces his heart.

d)

In the archery contest, Odysseus’ arrow pierces his throat.

9) True or False: Odysseus reveals his identity to his son, Eurymachus, but Telemachus must pretend not to know him while he is disguised as a beggar.

True or false? Write below.

10) True or False: Penelope asks Odysseus (disguised as a beggar) for news of her husband. Odysseus informs her that he is on his way home, but she has lost hope for his return. As a result, she proposes an archery contest to the suitors, with marriage as the prize. 

True or false? Write below.