Themes of The Odyssey


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Who is the main character in The Odyssey?

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1. Which of the following is one of the major themes in The Odyssey?

2. In The Odyssey all of the following show great hospitality to Odysseus, and even help him, EXCEPT _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The worksheet/quiz combo hits on a number of the most significant themes presented in The Odyssey. Among the topics you'll encounter are the natures of Penelope and Poseidon.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessments to ascertain your understanding of the following:

  • Relationship between Poseidon and Odysseus
  • Protagonist of The Odyssey
  • Penelope and loyalty
  • How Odysseus is greeted
  • Main theme of The Odyssey

Skills Practiced

The quiz and worksheet present the opportunity for you to practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - make certain that you grasp the most important information from the related lesson on The Odyssey
  • Information recall - access your knowledge of the epic's characters, including Penelope and Poseidon
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding prominent themes put forth in The Odyssey and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about the subject matter, and thrust of this Greek epic, read through the accompanying lesson entitled Themes of The Odyssey. In addition to other objectives, the lesson deals with the following:

  • Discuss the basic plot of The Odyssey
  • Comment on how the importance of hospitality is expressed in The Odyssey
  • Examine how the trait of loyalty in emphasized in the epic
  • Explain the wisdom, or the lack thereof, of antagonizing Poseidon