In 1-2 well-developed and well-detailed paragraphs, discuss one of the topics listed below.

  1. What do we learn about Odysseus’s character—good and/or bad—from his encounter with one or two of the following: Cyclops (Polyphemus), Adios, Circe, his mother (Anticleia), Achilles, Sirens, Scylla, Calypso?
  2. What grade would you give Odysseus as a leader? Explain.
  3. Study the epic simile in Book XXI (lines 512-521) in which Odysseus is likened to a singer or “someone really skilled at playing the lyre.” What is the significance of this simile? Are there other places in the epic where Odysseus resembles an artist or artist figure?
  4. What is appropriate or fitting or useful that Odysseus’s disguise in Ithaca is a beggar?

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