Which of the following is NOT a defining characteristic of an epic poem?
Written in a grand style
About a hero
Telling a story
Short in length
Which of these best describes Odysseus’s character?
The Odyssey is the sequel to _____, which tells the story of the Trojan War.
Epic of Gilgamesh
In Greek poems, humans had a problem, called _____, which was their belief that they were superior to the gods.
What are the two worlds of the hero’s journey?
The Ordinary World and the Special World
Mars and Venus
The inner world and the outer world
Actually, there is only one world
What author is most associated with the concept of the hero’s journey?
Why does Odysseus blind Polyphemus rather than kill him?
Teiresias and Circe have advised him to do so.
Odysseus takes pity on the Cyclops.
Odysseus does not want to anger Poseidon.
Only Polyphemus can move the boulder blocking the cave’s entrance.
Which of the following of Odysseus’s actions is most characteristic of an epic hero?
He has his men plunder Cicones and enslave its women.
He tells Polyphemus that his name is “Nohbody.”
He taunts Polyphemus after escaping from the Cyclops’s cave.
He allows Circe to persuade him to stay with her.
Which of the following statements BEST describes the land of the Cyclopes?
The Cyclopes are diligent and careful farmers.
The Cyclopes live in small villages.
The Cyclopes all live independently.
The Cyclopes have a democratic society.
Which of the following statements accurately describes Odysseus's words to the Cyclops?
He tells the truth and says he and his crew are visiting the island out of curiosity.
He lies and says he and his crew are visiting the island out of curiosity.
He tells the truth that his ship was brought to the island by a storm.
He lies and tells the Cyclops that his ship was brought to the island by a storm.
Which statement BEST describes what happens when Polyphemus calls for help?
The other Cyclopes come to help then leave because they believe no one has hurt Polyphemus.
The other Cyclopes cannot be bothered to come and help Polyphemus.
None of the other Cyclopes like Polyphemus, so they laugh at his injury.
The other Cyclopes are afraid when they see what Odysseus did to Polypheme, so they run away.
The cave mentioned in Book 9 is an epic setting because it is
home to a fantastic, archetypal creature
a beautiful, hidden location
a rugged, barren land formation
an imaginary but believable place
Which statement best summarizes the escape plan for Odysseus and his men?
They beg Poseidon to make the Cyclops free them.
They blind the Cyclops and then sneak away during the night.
They hide in the rams' wool and let the rams carry them past the blind Cyclops.
They roll boulders down a hill to distract the Cyclops and then run.
What character trait causes Odysseus to reveal his name to the Cyclops?
What is an important belief in ancient Greek culture about guests?
Guests must be wary of their hosts.
Guests must be honored and shown great courtesies.
Guests should be feared.
Guests must wash the feet of the hosts and pay many respects.
Where is Odysseus from?
Who is the narrator of this book of the Odyssey?
a person outside the story
Polyphemus announces early on that he has no respect for Zeus. This immediately makes the situation of Odysseus and his men less
In exchange for the wine, Polyphemus promises to
eat Odysseus last.
let Odysseus go free.
sacrifice his prize ram to Zeus.
spare the rest of Odysseus' men.
By informing Polyphemus of his true name and the fact that he and his men have escaped, Odysseus clearly
pleases his men.
impresses his men.
endangers his men.
acts to shorten his journey home.
Which of the following helps Odysseus to defeat Polyphemus?
calling on the god Poseidon
telling Polyphemus that his name is Nohbody
offering Polyphemus' prize ram as a sacrifice to Zeus
leaving men behind when he goes to Polyphemus' cave
What is Odysseus' destination?
the land of the Cyclopes
Olympus, where the gods live
Troy, where the Trojan war is taking place
Who is the Cyclops’s father?
Throughout the Epic, dawn (the morning) is frequently described as "young Dawn with fingertips of rose." This expression is an example of an
In media res
What is an archetype?
a long journey full of complications.
characters, situations, and images that are recognizable in many times and cultures.
a comparison between two unlike things that is developed at great length.
a brief descriptive phrase used to characterize a particular person.
An epithet is?
a brief descriptive phrase used to characterize a particular person or thing.
an interference of the gods and goddesses
a comparison that develops at great length
a reference to a famous person, place, or thing
An epic hero typically
gets scared & runs away from his fights
is forgotten by his people & does not leave a legacy
embodies the ideals & values that a culture considers admirable
cheats on his wife & kills his followers
What is one flaw of an epic hero?
possesses no loyalty
What is hubris?
What is another name for hero's journey?
the concept that all heroes are boys
the concept that all hero stories have a happy ending
the concept that all hero stories follow the same pattern
the concept that all heroes must follow orders from the gods
Most of a hero's journey takes place
in the known world
in the unknown world
The person who who advises hero, preps for quest & develops special skills is called
What is the last stage of the hero's journey called?
According to the Hero's Journey model, "The treasure you seek lies...."
At the departure
in the ordinary world
In the special world
in the cave you fear to enter
The future hero is first given notice that his or her life is going to change.
Call to Adventure
Beginning of Adventure
Experience with Unconditional Love
Refusal of the Call
This is the hero's normal world, where life is status quo, problems/conflicts don't trouble the hero, and he/she lives among mortals/non-supernatural beings.
The Ordinary World
Meeting with the Mentor
A typical character, action, or situation that seems to represent universal patterns of human nature. Also known as "universal symbol," may be a character, a theme, a symbol, or even a setting.
The imaginary line between past life and the new world is called . . .
Crossing the Threshold
A comparison of two unlike things that uses like or as developed over several lines of verse.
An epic begins "in media res" which means
at the beginning
at the end
in the middle of things
outside the story
Epic poetry begins with an invocation to the Muse. This means:
a prayer or request to the goddesses for inspiration and to do a good job
a demand to the gods to fix the current situation
a request for immortality
telling the gods that you will do a good job without them