Here are some more study questions for the next three books of the Odyssey. I will put up a longer blog post that might serve as a model for your own contributions over the weekend.
Please also remember that the “comments” function is now enabled for every post. If you want to respond to any of the questions that I put up, or if you want to add questions or ideas of your own, go right ahead – somebody has to be the first! Ideally, this blog will become a natural extension of our in-class conversations.
Questions for Book IV:
- This is the first time we’ve seen Menelaos and Helen after their return from the War. How’s their marriage doing?
- You will notice that a lot of people are telling a lot of different stories in this book. Try to come up with a rough diagram that would illustrate who is narrating when and how the stories are related to one another. Why might Homer construct such an elaborate structure?
Questions for Book V:
- This is our first real meeting with Odysseus. What is your inital impression of him?
- What kind of a relationship does he have with Kalypso? And are there ways to productively relate Kalypso as a host to Penelope, Nestor or Menelaos?
Questions for Book VI:
- The Phaiakians are our first example of a non-Greek society. Are there any pertinent differences between them and the Greeks?
- What does Odysseus’ behavior at the river tell us about him (beyond the obvious conclusion that he’s crafty)?