The OdysseyPart One Reading QuestionsPages 652-654: “Calypso, the Sweet Nymph”1.Speculating. Book 5 contains many images that appeal to the senses. Why might there be an emphasis on sensory images in this section of the epic?2.Homeric simile. Lines 41-47, what is Hermes flight being compared to?3.Sensory images. Lines 49-53, what do you hear, see, feel, and smell in thisfamous description of Calypso’s home? How does the natural beauty of Calypso’s island compare with the reality of Odysseus’s situation?4.Reading Skills: monitor your comprehension. Lines 65-70. Why has Hermes traveled to Calypso’s island?5.Lines 88-91, Zeus ordered Calypso to free Odysseus, but the nymph claims that the idea is her own. Why do you think she does this? What is your opinion of her deception?6.Speculating. Lines 110-112, consider their similarity in appearance and emotions. What do you think distinguishes the humans from gods?7.Lines 101-118, according to Calypso, what would Odysseus gain by staying with her? What does Odysseus’s response tell you about his feelings for his wife? How has Odysseus managed to say no to Calypso and still not offend her?1
The OdysseyPart One Reading Questions8.Homeric simile. Lines 118-122, what is being compared in these lines?9.True or False? Answer these comprehension questions, and support your answer with passages from the text.a.Odysseus is trying to return to his home in Ithaca after fighting in Troy.b.Zeus sends Hermes to deliver a message.c.Odysseus, content in Calypso’s care, ahs no desire to return home.d.Calypso promises Odysseus that he will become immortal if he remains with her.e.With the aid of the sea god, Poseidon, Odysseus is able to escape fromCalypso.Pages 656-657: “I am Laertes’ Son”10.Analyzing Character. Lines 127-130, what impression of Odysseus do you get from his description of himself?11.Theme.Lines 143-146, what central idea of the poem does Odysseus express in this passage?2
The OdysseyPart One Reading Questions12.Reading Skills: Expressing an opinion.Lines 156-162, Odysseus, who considers himself a great leader, blames his unruly crew for the Cicones’ attack. Does their insubordination reflect unfavorably on Odysseus?Pages 658-659: “The Lotus Eaters” and “Troy; It Casts a Spell”
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