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STORIES OF GREECE AND ROME
THE STORY OF ULYSSES

Discussion. 1. Which one of the gods befriended Ulysses, and which one was hostile to him? 2. Notice that the Cyclops lacked three qualities which were valued by the ancient Greeks just as they are valued by good citizens today: caring for the welfare of others; reverence; kindness to strangers. 3. How did Poseidon answer the prayer of Polyphemus? 4. Give illustrations of Ulysses's cunning and craftiness. 5. Notice Ulysses's determination to return to his country in spite of all dangers and the charms of Circe, the Sirens, Calypso, and Nausicaa. 6. Find a passage showing Ulysses's love for Ithaca, and another showing why Nausicaa thought no enemy could harm the Phaeacians. 7. Tell about the treatment of strangers in the time of Homer, noting the order which was followed: (1) refreshing the stranger with bath and food; (2) questioning him as to name, country, and purpose of coming; (3) exchanging gifts. 8. Compare the sports in Phaeacia with our modern sports. 9. How are Laertes, Penelope, Telemachus, Eurycleia, Eumaeus, and Argus connected with Ulysses? 10. Make a list of ten or more interesting double adjectives with the nouns they describe. 11. Make a list of ten or more nouns used to describe other nouns, as: Eurycleia, the nurse; Athena, daughter of Zeus. 12. Locate on a map: Sparta; Troy; Home of the Cyclops (Sicily) ; Scylla and Charybdis (Straits of Messina) ; Phaeacia (Corcyra) ; Ithaca. 13. Find in the Glossary the meaning of: (i) laurels; fold; curdled; pirates; hospitality; craft; (Ii) launched; lofty; fawning; (iii) violence; monster; spits; (iv) donned; cypress; adz; augers; yard; moored; (v) council; quoit; illustrious; (vi) substance; wayfarers; loyalty; (vii) marvelous; sea-purple; brooch; (viii) scoffed; quiver; authority; flaw; (Ix) manifest; terraced; insolent. 14. Pronounce: (I) forbade; (ii) threshold; acorns; herb; (nr) bellowed; guise; (v) pomegranate; escort; (vi) route; (vii) alms; (ix) mock.

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