During these few weeks, we are going to be taking a good look at Homer's Odyssey, which provides a great transition from the Gilgamesh Epic into later works. We will also be working on our "travel brochure" project, highlighting the "vacation destinations" that Odysseus encountered on his way home to Ithaca. Here is everything you will need to complete the next few weeks of reading:
List of Characters
Map of the Odyssey (Use this for your travel brochure!)
Week 2 Textual Fill-Ins:
1. Where has Odysseus been all this time?
2. Whom is Athena disguised as?
3. Why do Telemachos and Penelope need Odysseus?
4. Why is the house filled with suitors, and what does this symbolize?
5. What advice does Athena offer to Telemachos?
6. How has Penelope been deceiving her gentlemen callers?
7. Telemachos travels to visit Odysseus' former fellow soldiers, one of whom is Menelaos. What does he learn about his father there?
8. In book 5, we finally get to read about Odysseus himself as he struggles to get home. What are some of the obstacles in his way? What do we learn about his character?
Week 3 Textual Fill-Ins:
1. What is the effect of the Lotus plant? Have you ever heard the phrase "lotus-eater" before?
2. How does Odysseus trick the Cyclops?
3. Book 10 may be the most bizarre of all. List three of the events in the chapter.
4. What is the irony of Tiresias' character?
5. Why are the sirens so dangerous?
6. How can Odysseus know that Eumaios is trustworthy?
Week 3 short-answer post:
1. What are a few of the differences between the world of Gilgamesh and the world of Odysseus?
2. How does the author view the gods, fate, and heroism?
Week 4 Textual Fill-Ins: (see next page for Week 4 poems!)
1. How does Odysseus disguise himself when he arrives in Ithaca?
2. How does Odysseus test the suitors?
3. Why does Odysseus test Penelope before revealing himself?
4. How does the servant, Eurycleia, recognize Odysseus?
5. How does Odysseus prove his identity in the end?
6. How does Penelope finally get revenge on the suitors?
7. After all the fighting has ceased, Penelope still wants to test Odysseus, whom she has not seen for over ten years. How does she test him?