The Odyssey Book 1: Summary & Quotes


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Book 1 of Homer's The Odyssey begins with the narrator asking the Muse to help him tell the story of what hero?

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1. What 'grey-eyed goddess' believes Odysseus should be able to return home in Book 1 of The Odyssey by Homer?

2. In Book 1 of Homer's The Odyssey, we learn Odysseus is being held captive by Calypso. Why won't she let him leave?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Odyssey begins in the aftermath of the Trojan War, as the soldiers who have survived the conflict are making their way home. Questions in this quiz will measure your knowledge of the major events and characters in Book 1.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet features questions about the following:

  • The story's hero
  • Ancient gods and goddesses
  • Calypso's reason for imprisoning Odysseus
  • Interactions between Athena and Telemachus

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you have retained the most important details about The Odyssey
  • Knowledge application - use information acquired from the lesson to answer questions about Book 1
  • Information recall - remember the names of significant characters in The Odyssey when responding to questions

Additional Learning

If you'd like to know more about this famous story, review the accompanying lesson titled The Odyssey Book 1: Summary & Quotes. The lesson includes the following objectives:

  • Recount the events that occurred prior to the start of the story
  • Explore Odysseus's relationship with the gods
  • Discuss Telemachus's predicaments and his thoughts on his situation