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Name:_________________________ Period:____ The Odyssey Homecoming Discussion Questions (Books 21, 22, & 23) Book 21: The Test of the Bow 1. How does Homer characterize Penelope in lines 1-13? 2. Identify the conflict addressed in lines 14-19. 3. Based upon Antinous’ dialogue in lines 32-43, what is revealed about his character? 4. Describe the effect of foreshadowing Antinous’ fate in lines 44-51 and explain why Homer might have chosen to foreshadow this? 5. What quality does Odysseus value so highly in the two servants (lines 72-75)? 6. Based upon the orders Odysseus gives in lines 94-104, what do you think he is planning? 7. How does Antinous react to the beggar’s request in lines 134-139? 8. How do the suitors treat the old swineheard in lines 153-157? 9. What does Eumaeus’ reaction to the suitors say about his character in lines 158-173? 10. Infer how Telemachus must feel when the suitors laugh at him (lines 168-173).
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11. In lines 199-203, what is compared in the epic simile, and what qualities of Odysseus does this comparison emphasize?
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