Explain why the Odyssey is considered an epic

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Give brief but complete answers. When giving examples from the Odyssey, include the

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1. Explain why the Odyssey is considered an epic.

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2. Give the epithet used to name Nausicaa in the Odyssey and explain what it implies

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    about her.

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3. What does in media res mean, and how does it apply to the Odyssey?

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4. Give an example of an extended simile in the Odyssey and explain the comparison.

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5. What does Poseidon do in response to the news that Odysseus is back in Ithaca? How

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is this an example of irony? What type of irony is this?

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6. Agamemnon’s story is often mentioned in the Odyssey. Give an example and explain

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why it is mentioned. Is it meant to parallel or contrast Odysseus’ story?

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7. Describe one of the places Odysseus visited. How does this setting drive the plot or

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contribute to the mood of the story.

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8. What started the Trojan War?

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9. How is the theme of vengeance developed in the Odyssey?

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10. Give an example of a flashback in the Odyssey?

11. How does Aeschylus’ version of Agamemnon’s story differ from Homer’s?

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