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The Odyssey book 1 study questions

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.What is an Invocation?

.Who is the narrator speaking to in the first stanza? How does Homer establish the

.significance of the story he is about to tell? Cite text to support your answer. Where is

.Odysseus when the story begins? How long has he been there? What has

. happened to Aegisthus and why is Zeus upset about it? Why do

. you think Homer begins the work by having Zeus discuss this story?

.Look up the story of Aegisthus and Clytemnestra. What parallels is the poet drawing

. by including this story? When the Gods hold their meeting, where is Poseidon and

.why is this significant? What first impression of the Gods does this

. book give us? What role do they seem to play in human affairs and what seems to

. be their motivation? Cite text to support your thinking. Many people believed that the

.Greeks did not believe in free will. Does your reading of this section support that

. opinion? Explain your thinking and include a cite from text to support.

.What is Athena’s plan? What disguise does she adopt? Where is Telamachus when

.we first see him? Describe the scene at Penelope’s house when Athena arrives.

.Discuss the treatment of Athena (in disguise) when she first arrives. What

. customs can we see dealing with how one is to treat strangers? What

. do you think this tells us about Greek values? How does Telamachus feel about his

.father? What makes you say this? What advice does Athena give to Telamachus?

.What song does the poet sing that so upsets Penelope?

.What does Telemachus' treatment of his mother show about the views of the Achaíans

.toward women? Cite text to support your answer. Describe the suitors. In what ways

. do they violate Greek hospitality? Which two suitorsare named and what is their

. character? How would you characterize Telemachus at this point? What are his

.strengths? What are his weaknesses?

.Why do you think a book that purports to tell the story of Odysseus actually begin by

. discussing his son and what was happening at home? How does Homer describe

.Telamachus’ bedroom and palace? What does this tell us about the Greek concept of

. “home”?

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