Review for Unit Test on Mythology for Thursday, Feb. 22, 2006

I) Content:

                   A) All material from The Odyssey in the anthology, including the poems we review n class today

            B) The handout from Waiting for Odysseus and the oral presentations

            C) The photocopy of the Kirke section, from the older textbook

            D) Related short works in the anthology:

1) "Siren Song" by Margaret Atwood (p. 849)

2) "An Ancient Gesture" by Edna St. Vincent Millay (p. 889)

3) "Ithaca" by C. P. Cavafy (p. 890)

II) Format:

       A) Matching (names of people, gods, monsters, and places with short descriptions)

            B) Short answer (as in fill in the blank with a few words or a phrase)

            C) one-paragraph responses, rather than one essay,

III) Resources:

       A) In the textbook, the List of Characters on page 812

            B) In the textbook, the study guide questions after each book of the Odyssey, on pages: 829, 846, 866

and 881

            C) Your two quizzes

            study guide questions from the laser disc of TPoM

            D) Discussion and class notes

            E) Your four pages of homework reading notes, two on the early sections of the Odyssey and two from last week as test review (I'll record all four pages in the gradebook during the test)

IV) The cast of characters on page 812 in our Glencoe Lit. Anthology relevant to the test


A) Humans:

1) Antinous

2) Eumaeus

3) Eurycleia

4) Eurylochus

5) Eurymachus

6) Laertes

7) Odysseus

8) Penelope

9) Tiresias

10) Telemachus


B) Gods and Immortals:

1) Athena

2) Calypso

3) Charybdis

4) Circe

5) Cyclopes

6) Helios

7) Lotus Eaters

8) Polyphemus

9) Poseidon

10) Scylla

11) Sirens

12) Zeus


C) Additional references from the handout, Waiting for Odysseus

1) Helen of Troy

2) Menelaus

3) Paris

4) Aeolos, god of the winds (p. 38)

5) the Phaiakians (and Princess Naussica msp.?)

6) Mentor

7) Melantho (p. 130)

V) Important Themes

A) Epic hero traits and the epic quest—not this time?

B) Pride vs. Hubris

C) Loyalty: following orders, having trust, not betraying

D) Love: temptation and lust vs. true love and fidelity

E) Multiple ways of looking at a myth (different viewpoints from the handout and examples in # 3)

F) Making modern connections or parallels (not all just "dead Greek males" thousands of years ago)

G) Considering Penelope and the female role



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