`Odyssey Study Guide
Literary Terms - Define the following literary terms and give one example from the poem.
simile (epic or Homeric)-
Characters - Identify the following characters.
Which two countries fought in the War?
Which three goddesses were responsible for Paris wanting and kidnapping Helen of Sparta?
Who is Paris?
Who is King Menelaus and why does he gather the Greek army?
How long does the Trojan War last?
How does the Trojan War relate to the story of the Odyssey?
What are two themes in the Odyssey?
What is one characteristic of Odysseus that saved his life many times?
How did the gods help Odysseus on the island of the cattle of the sun god?
How did Circe help Odysseus?
Odysseus is described as “wiley” – what does this infer?
How does Odysseus trick Polyphemus?
What are three characteristics of the curse that Poseidon places on Odysseus?
How did Penelope plan on protecting her son?
What ruse does Penelope use to evade marrying the suitors?
What is Penelope’s and Odysseus’ sign?
What are the characteristics of an epic?
What makes Odysseus different from other men in this story?
Each hero has a flaw. Give an example of Odysseus' flaw.
What is the primary purpose of part I?
What is the primary purpose of part II?
What is the purpose of part III?
What is the purpose of part IV?
Give one example of an epic simile.
Give one example of an epithet.
What is Ithaca?
What is Troy?
What country is Odysseus from?
Mythology Review - Identify the following characters from Greek and Roman mythology.
Persephone and Hades -