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The Odyssey books 1-4 quiz
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How many years has Odysseus been gone?
Odysseus has been gone for about 20 years since he left for Troy and his ship went off course
What evidence is there that the suitors don't take Telemachus seriously?
They don't believe that a God would go out of their way to help a mortal. Because they are so busy keeping things in check.
What is Telemachus insisting at the end of the first book?
He want's his house back, you can tell from this when he said "All I insist on is that I rule our house and rule the slaves my father has won for me."
What is Telemachus's main complaint of the suitors?
Telemachus's main complaint of the suitors is that they are to leave his mother.
Why can't Telemachus and Penelope kick out the suitors? What is the underlying cause of this?
The suitors believe that he does not have the power to expel them from the castle. Because he is not yet king and his father is not there to help him.
Who does Antinous shift the blame to? Why?
Antinous shifts the blame to Telemachus's mother, the queen. Because she is the "queen of cunning".
How long have the suitors been there?
The suitors have been there for nearly 4 years.
What was Penelope's great deception?
She was weaving a shroud for the eventual funeral of her father-in-law
What does Telemachus ask from the town?
Telemachus asked the town that they would hurt him when his hands are tied.
Why is Antinous being nice to Telemachus?
So he can befriend him and then betray him by killing him. Then giving Telemachus's mother up for grabs.
What advantages do the suitors see for Telemachus leaving on a ship?
They see it as a chance for them to ambush him and kill him, leaving the kingdom vulnerable because there is no one in the family that can automatically take the throne.
How does Menelaos react to what Telemachus tells him?
He is upset and he says that they are "Fawns in a lion's lair"
What news does Menelaos give Telemachus?
Menelaos gives Telemachus an expensive present from his palace
Why are the suitors shocked to hear that Telemachus has left? What does this say about him?
They did not expect him to leave the kingdom and his mother, this also gives them an advantage to make him vulnerable to his demise
How does Penelope feel about the suitors?
She doesn't want them in her presence, and she feels uncomfortable and uneasy in their presence.
How was Odysseus different from the other kings?
He appears to be more noble and has a stronger leadership than other kings.
Where do the suitors plan to kill Telemachus?
The suitors plan to kill Telemachus from both channels from the cove.
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