Millstone Education:
World Literature

Two children reading books

Fact Questions for
The Odyssey by Homer
The One-Eyed Giant: Book One

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Where do the Greek Gods live? (9)

On what island does Odysseus live? (11)

What does Odysseus enjoy more than anything? (12)

What is his wife's name? (12)

What is his son's name? (12)

Who is Helen? (13, 15)

What does the messenger do to test Odysseus to see if he is sane? (16)

Who tells Odysseus what to do to defeat the Trojans? (20)

What is the plan? (21)

Why do the gods punish Odysseus and his men with the terrible storm? (30)

What happens when men eat the flower from the lotus tree? (35)

What is the name of the Cyclops that lives in the cave? (46)

What are Cyclopes? (46)

Who is the father of Polyphemus? (48)

Why doesn't Odysseus slay the Polyphemus after he devours his men? (51)

How does Odysseus blind the giant? (59-62)

When Polyphemus asks Odysseus what his name what does Odysseus say? (61)

How does this answer save Odysseus and his men? (64)

How do the men escape? (67)

What is the terrible mistake that Odysseus makes after they escape from the Cyclops? (74)

What does the Cyclops do? (75)

What is the name of the wind god? (79)

What does the wind god do for Odysseus? (82)

What happens when Odysseus nears the shores of Ithaca? (86)

Answers

Where do the Greek Gods live? (pg. 9) Mount Olympus
On what island does Odysseus live? (pg. 11) Ithaca
What does Odysseus enjoy more than anything? (12) Spending time with his family
What is his wife's name? (12) Penelope
What is his son's name? (12) Telemachus
Who is Helen? (13, 15) The most beautiful woman in world, the woman kidnapped by the Trojans
What does the messenger do to test Odysseus to see if he is sane? (16) He throws Telemachus in front of Odysseus' plow.
Who tells Odysseus what to do to defeat the Trojans? (20) The goddess Athena
What is the plan? (21) To build a large wooden horse that Greek soldiers can hide in. Once inside the city they can open the gates from the inside.
Why do the gods punish Odysseus and his men with the terrible storm? (30) Before they left Troy Greek soldiers invaded the temple of Athena and were disrespectful.
What happens when men eat the flower from the lotus tree? (35) They forget the past
What is the name of the Cyclops that lives in the cave? (46) Polyphemus
What are Cyclopes? (46) One-eyed giants that lived without laws and leaders. They ate sailors who came into their land.
Who is the father of Polyphemus? (48) Poseidon, the god of the sea
Why doesn't Odysseus slay the Polyphemus after he devours his men? (51) If he slays the Cyclops they will not be able to move the huge stone that covers the entrance to the cave.
How does Odysseus blind giant? (59-62) He gives him wine to make him drunk and the giant passes out. Then he uses spear to blind him.
When Polyphemus asks Odysseus what his name what does Odysseus say? (61) No One
How does this answer save Odysseus and his men? (64) When the other Cyclopes come to help and ask him what is wrong he says that "No One tried to kill me. No One blinded me." They leave because they assume the god Zeus has made him ill and they can offer no help for that.
How do the men escape? (67) By using the sheep. They hide under them and pass by the giant.
What is the terrible mistake that Odysseus makes after they escape from the Cyclops? (74) He tells the Cyclops his name.
What does the Cyclops do? (75) He asks Poseidon to put a curse on Odysseus: that he will lose his way, his ships and all his men and find sorrow and trouble on his journey.
What is the name of the wind god? (79) Aeolus
What does the wind god do for Odysseus? (82) He bundles all the winds, except a gentle west wind, in a sack so the Odysseus can go quickly to Ithaca.
What happens when Odysseus nears the shores of Ithaca? (86) He falls asleep and his men release the winds which send them all the way back to the island of the wind god.

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