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Odyssey Book XXIV Reading Guide

Multiple Choice
Identify the choice that best completes the statement or answers the question.
 

 1. 

Who followed Cyllenian Hermes as he waved his wand of pure gold?
a.
the suitors’ ghosts
b.
the swinehead and cowherd
c.
Odysseus and Telemachus
d.
Athena
 

 2. 

Who was the first person to greet Agamemnon?
a.
Odysseus
b.
the swineherd
c.
Achilles ghost
d.
the goatherd
 

 3. 

Of all the suitors’ ghosts, to whom did Agamemnon speak to first?
a.
Amphimedon
b.
Antinous
c.
Menelaus
d.
the goatherd
 

 4. 

Who explained to Agamemnon how the suitors met their death?
a.
Amphimedon
b.
Antinous
c.
Menelaus
d.
the goatherd
 

 5. 

Who explained to Agamemnon how the suitors met their death?
a.
Amphimedon
b.
Antinous
c.
Menelaus
d.
the goatherd
 

 6. 

Who said, “our bodies lie untended even now”?
a.
Amphimedon
b.
Antinous
c.
Agamemnon
d.
the goatherd
 

 7. 

Who was the person that Agamemnon ghost praised when he began with, “Son of old Laertes”?
a.
Odysseus
b.
Penelope
c.
An old Sicilian woman
d.
the goatherd
 

 8. 

Where did Odysseus and his men arrive when they had stridden down from town?
a.
Troy
b.
Laertes’ large, well-tended farm
c.
Telemachus summer home
d.
the goatherd’s cabin
 

 9. 

Who was the person that faithfully looked after her aged master, Laertes?
a.
Odysseus
b.
Penelope
c.
An old Sicilian woman
d.
the goatherd
 

 10. 

What did Odysseus tell his servants and son to kill?
a.
Antinous
b.
A fat cow
c.
The fattest porker
d.
Argos the old dog
 

 11. 

Who did Odysseus say he was going to put to the test to see if he would notice him on sight?
a.
Antinous
b.
Laertes
c.
Penelope
d.
Argos the old dog
 

 12. 

When Odysseus wandered off, approaching the thriving vineyard, searching, who did he expect to find, but discovered he was off with his sons to gather stones?
a.
Antinous
b.
Laertes
c.
Penelope
d.
Dolius
 

 13. 

When Odysseus wandered off, approaching the thriving vineyard, searching, who did he actually find in filthy rags?
a.
Antinous
b.
Laertes
c.
Penelope
d.
Dolius
 

 14. 

What else was the man wearing besides filthy rags?
a.
a patched, unseemly shirt
b.
oxhide leggings strapped
c.
a goatskin skullcap
d.
all the above
 

 15. 

What did Odysseus do under a branching pear-tree
a.
placed mulch and fertilized the tree
b.
paused and wept
c.
prayed to Apollo
d.
all the above
 

 16. 

After ebating head and heart what should he do now, what did Odysseus decide to do?
a.
cut down the tree
b.
test the old man
c.
pick some fruit
d.
pray to Athena
 

 17. 

What did Odysseus say were/was “doing better than yourself” (the old man)?
a.
Telemachus
b.
Dolius
c.
Plants
d.
the swineherd
 

 18. 

What did Odysseus ask the old man to tell--in no uncertain terms?
a.
whose slave are you?
b.
whose orchard are you tending?
c.
this place I’ve reached, is it truly Ithaca?
d.
all of the above
 

 19. 

What was the answer that came from the old man after Odysseus told the old man a lie about once meeting Odysseus?
a.
These trees belong to Penelope
b.
This is not the land you seek.
c.
You could not have met Odysseus.
d.
The land you’ve reached is the very one you’re after.
 

 20. 

What did the old man ask about Odysseus?
a.
How long ago did Odysseus abandon his family?
b.
Does Odysseus have other children besides Telemachus?
c.
How many years ago did you host the man?
d.
Where is your father now?
 

 21. 

Talking about Odysseus, the old man said, “That most unlucky man, whom now, I fear, far from his own soil and those he loves...”  Which response below completes the sentence?
a.
the fish have swallowed down on the high seas or.
b.
birds and beasts on land have made their meal.
c.
Both A and B
d.
has chosen to become immortal and live with Calypso.
 

 22. 

How did the old man describe Penelope when he mentioned that neither the parents of Odysseus, nor his wife Penelope, were able to mourn his death properly?
a.
warm, generous wife, so self-possessed
b.
excellent wife at weaving fine tapestry
c.
Both A and B
d.
unfaithful wife, daily courting the suitors
 

 23. 

In response to the old man’s questions about who he was, how long did Odysseus say it had been since Odysseus left his house?
a.
3
b.
7
c.
2
d.
5
 

 24. 

What did Odysseus see his father doing that made him tell his father that he was Odysseus, his son?
a.
clawing the ground for dirt and grime, he poured over his grizzled head
b.
leaning against a tree, crying
c.
talking to a fig tree
d.
running in circles around a tree
 

 25. 

When Odysseus claimed to be the old man’s son, what did the old man request?
a.
for him to go get Telemachus
b.
some proof
c.
for Odysseus to pick fruit from the trees
d.
for Odysseus to plant a new tree
 

 26. 

What two things did Odysseus talk to his father about next?
a.
the swineherd and cowherd
b.
Antinous and Eurynomous
c.
a scar and the trees
d.
getting home and the suitors
 

 27. 

Who led the attack against Odysseus in response to his killing all the suitors?
a.
the swineherd and cowherd
b.
Antinous and Eurynomous
c.
Melantius
d.
Euphites
 

 28. 

What happened to the spear that Laertes threw at the leader of the rebellion against Odysseus?
a.
Athena made it go off course
b.
it pierced the bronze-sided helmet
c.
it fell short of the mark and cut the man’s leg
d.
it pierced his hip
 

 29. 

What was the Odysseus told to hold back now, to call a halt to?  It was also called, “the great leveler.”
a.
the water
b.
a large road grader
c.
a plumb bob
d.
War
 

 30. 

Who demanded an end to the rebellion and the fighting and called to peace?
a.
Athena
b.
Melantius
c.
Laertes
d.
Penelope