Review Questions for Part I Test
Characteristics of Epic Poetry
1. It is a long __________________ poem.
2. The speaker is a ______________, telling a story.
3. The _________ or _________ of the tale is important.
4. The setting is huge. It may be a ________, a ______, or ____________.
5. There is a main character, who is, or is capable of being, a ____________.
6. The action includes ________________ or ________________ deeds.
7. Gods or _______________ beings take a part/interest.
8. The purpose of the epic poem is not only to __________, but to _______ and _______ the listener.
Characteristics of Epic Narration
An epic poem is narrated in predictable ways:
1. In an _____________, the poet-narrator starts the poem by stating the tale's subject and asking for poetic inspiration from a guiding spirit.
2. The narrator begins telling the story "____________" ("___________________"), describing what is happening after certain events have already occurred.
3. The narrative includes ______________ by principal characters which reveal their personalities.
4. The narrative's _____ and ________ are formal rather than conversational.
5. The use of _____________ language makes the narrative vivid and exciting for readers and listeners.
An epic simile (a " simile") extends a simile with _________________________________________ and ________________________________________.
The Adventure of the Cicones
The Adventure of the Lotus Eaters
The Adventure of the Cyclops
Idiotes - an individual interested only in his/her ________________, assumed to be __________________, _____________________, and ____________________.
-The Cylopes are savage barbarians, contrasted with the cultured and civilized society the ancient Greeks valued.
-Polyphemus' _______________ is no match for Odysseus' _________________.
-Odysseus foreshadows his method of escape when describing the entrance of the rams to the cave ("by some sheep-herding whim - / or a god's bidding")
-Examples of Odysseus' pride:
- Odysseus __________________________________ (ll. 398-399)
- Odysseus brags _____________________________ (ll. 424-428)
The 6 elements of civilization missing from Cyclopes culture:
Curse of Polyphemus
- Odysseus shall never_____________________________.
- If the gods will him to return home, then ____________________________,
- make all of his ________________________________, and
- may his ________________ be___________________.