The Cyclops in The Odyssey & Greek Mythology


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In The Odyssey, what role does the Cyclops, Polyphemus, play?

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1. In The Odyssey, what might the Cyclopean eye represent?

2. How do representations of the Cyclops in The Odyssey differ from Cyclopes in other Greek myths?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These assessment questions will ask you about Cyclops in The Odyssey. See if you can answer correctly about what the character represents and how that varies in different Greek myths.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will be asked about:

  • The role played by the Cyclops
  • What the eye of the Cyclops might represent
  • Cyclops variations in other Greek myths
  • Characteristics of the Cyclops in The Odyssey

Skills Practiced

You will test such skills as:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can review information regarding variation on how the Cyclops is being represented and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the role played by the Cyclops
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify what the eye of the Cyclops might represent

Additional Learning

Get to know more about this topic by studying the lesson named The Cyclops in The Odyssey & Greek Mythology. Take a look at:

  • Action Polyphemus attempts when hosting Odysseus
  • Name of the body of water Odysseus was attempting to cross to get home
  • How long it normally would take for the journey home