Provide clear and accurate responses to the following questions. Incorporate quoted evidence for support , provide page numbers, and insightful analysis (how or why the information/quote is important). Else blue/black ink and make your responses legible. Book I 1 . What does the invocation (the first 13 lines) say the poem as a whole will emphasize? 2. What first impression does this book give us of the gods? How much of a role do they play in human affairs? What seems to motivate their actions? 3.
What is our first introduction to various characters? The suitors, for instance…. Are they a homogeneous group, or are there differences among them? What qualities does Telemeters possess at the outset? Book II 4. How, according to Mutinous, do the suitors view Penelope reluctance? Why do they think they are justified in behaving as they do? Provide your own Opinion and explain. 5. How well does Telemeters handle the suitors’ chief Mutinous and his self- justification? Provide analysis. Insightful analysis (how or why the information/quote is important).
Use Book Ill 6. How does Athena help Telemeters prepare to meet the old King Nester? Provide analysis. 7. What is the purpose of this book? Why is it important that Telemeters go and visit old Nester, aside, of course, from the fact that he’s out for news of his father Odysseus? 8. What exactly does Nester tell Telemeters about the War and the return home? Why does he dwell upon the fate of Agamemnon, killed by Augustus, the lover of Clytemnestra? Provide analysis. Book IV 9. How does Menelaus represent himself as responding to his wanderings on the way home to Sparta?
Provide character analysis. 10. Why does Menelaus still value and accept Helen, even though her elopement with Paris led to the Trojan War? Discuss Helen and provide analysis. 11. How might Menelaus’ story about the Old Man of the Sea, Protest, be instructive to Telemeters in his quest to find his father? Why, for that matter, would Menelaus’ response to the knowledge Protest gives him be instructive for Odysseus? Book V 12. What sort of character is Calypso? Provide a literal description and analysis. How long does Odysseus stay on her island?
What is the source of Calypso’s power over Odysseus? Provide character analysis for Odysseus as it relates to this situation. Calypso Beautiful nymph Self-interested Lonely Odysseus Stays on island for seven years Heroic Cunning poses a problem because on Calypso’s island Odysseus has no way to be a hero; there is no active challenge For many years Odysseus has been ruled by his male side (animus) and has denied his female side (anima) so his isolation n Calypso’s island may be Odysseus confronting his anima outside himself. 3. Discuss the interaction between Calypso and Hermes. Analyze Calypsos response to Hermes message from Zeus. To what extent does she help Odysseus or hinder him once the decision to let him go is forced upon her by Hermes? 14. How does Odysseus respond to the storm that he meets upon leaving Calypso? Follow the motions of his spirit as he struggles to save himself – that is, track how the poet presents Odysseus’ emotions and thoughts during and after the shipwreck. Provide character analysis. Book VI 15.
Describe/Discuss Musical’s behavior/interaction with Odysseus. What makes Unmusical an admirable character? How does Odysseus treat Unmusical? Provide character analysis. Book VII 16. What sort of kingdom is Aphasia? How well is it governed, judging from the Way the King relates to his family and subjects, and the Way he receives the suppliant who washed up on his shores? 17. Discuss Odysseus’ interaction with Ar©tee. Provide analysis. What does Odysseus say when Ar©tee questions him sharply and asks him to reveal his identity? Book VIII 8.
What effect does the first song sung by Edematous have upon Odysseus? Edematous sings again later in the book again, with what effect on Odysseus? Discuss and analyze each of these songs and their effect on Odysseus.