OdysseyStudyGuideII

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The Odyssey Study Guide Discussion Questions 1. Why is Telémakhos’s visit to Nestor included in The Odyssey ? If Nestor knows nothing about the current circumstances of Odysseus, how does the visit contribute to the story? 2. What do we learn about piety and the conventions of xenia in the opening scene of Book III? 3. What attributes of potential greatness does Telémakhos exhibit in Book III? 4. What is the role of Athena in this book? Why does she leave Telémakhos near the end of the book? 5. Why don’t Nestor and Telémakhos exchange gifts when the latter leaves Pylos? 6. What are the differences in the ways Nestor and Meneláos instruct Telémakhos? What accounts for these differences? 7. What serious faux pas does Telémakhos commit early in Book IV? How does Meneláos correct him? 8. In the first four books of The Odyssey , Telémakhos exhibits little faith in his father’s safe return. Given what he knows, is he justified in his pessimism? 9. What do we learn about the Trojan War from Meneláos and Helen? What do we learn about Odysseus?
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