The Odyssey

Who helps Odysseus return to Ithaca after 20 years? King alsinous
Once in Ithaca, whom does Odysseus visit and how is he desguided? He visits Telemachus and is disguised as a swinherd dude
In Odysseus’ absence where has his son Telemachus journeyed and why? Telemachus left for a year to find his father.
What news does Athena share with Telemachus? She tells him that Odysseus is coming home
When Telemachus returns to Ithaca, who does he visit first? The swinherd to ask them if they have seen my father
What important Greek value does Telemachus’ and Eumaues’ treatment of the unknown begged reveal? Athena turns Odysseus to a swinherd/ begger and not the great Odysseus does not what to be recognized
Why is it ironic that Odysseus should return to Ithaca in beggars rags Because he did not want anyone to know that Odysseus is home
What is Argos’ condition when Odysseus sees him? In the telling us how Odysseus’s dog is kept, what is Homer also telling us about conditions in Ithaca? Argo finally got to see Odysseus and. Waged his tail and flattened his ears. Then he died!
What tail does the beggar tell Penelope? How does he describe Odysseus, and why do you think he adds these details? He tells her that, I’ve seen him around. And he has been running into trouble but is a very smart man.
How is Penelope interview with the beggar ironic? Because it was actually was Odysseus
Who recognized Odysseus, despite his rags, when he returns to his kingdom? By what hidden sign did she recognized him? The nurse recognized him because he had a scar on his leg that she remembers. Penelope liked him so she had the nurse wash his feet.
What do we learn about the character Penelope in her interviews with the beggars? That she believes this beggar has seen her husband
Why do you think Odysseus continues to keep his identity hidden from his wife? Because he knew that he was going to win the great bow challenge and wants to know what has been going on while he was gone
In the setting of the test of the great bow for the suitors, how is Penelope really suggesting she is looking for Odysseus? Odysseus is the only one who can do this challenge
What does Penelope promise the winner of the contest? To marry her
Just before Odysseus steps forward to try the bow, he reveals his identity to two other people, who are they? He tells the swinherd and the cow herd. He trusted them, and told him his plan
Is Odysseus revenge on the supers and maids excessive? Explain your answer I think that it’s fair what he did to them some of them were unfaithful and should be punished (maids+suters)
How does Penelope test Odysseus after the battle Penelope tries to move the bed
What characteristics of their marriage bed suggest the strength and endurance of their love? Only Odysseus and Penelope know that their bed is made out of and olive tree.

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