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The Odyssey Test

The <i>Odyssey</i> Test

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You may think you're familiar with The Odyssey, what with its wacky sea monsters, wily heroes, and Sirens luring weak-willed men to their untimely deaths. Perhaps you think this because you've read the book, the SparkNote, or our very hilarious recaps.

But are you actually familiar with the story, or have you simply seen the Brad Pitt movie Troy (which is in fact based off The Iliad, with "based off" being generous) and figure you know what's what? Only this quiz will tell.

1. At what point does the story begin?

2. What was the name of the sea witch with whom Odysseus shared a bed for one year?

3. How does Penelope trick the suitors?

4. How did Odysseus and his men escape the Cyclops?

5. Which of the following gods DOES NOT play a role in The Odyssey?

6. What is the name of the cannibals who attacked Odysseus’s men?

7. Why did Zeus destroy Odysseus’s last remaining ship, leaving him stranded on Calypso’s island?

8. How does Penelope decide to choose a new husband?

9. Which of the following is NOT considered an omen foretelling Odysseus’s eventual return?

10. What does Odysseus tell his loyal followers to do after they’ve slaughtered the suitors?

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