Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Odysseus returns home after 20 years!

Dear Humanities Students,

I hope you valued The Iliad and The Odyssey. They respresent a strong command of language and story-telling on Homer's part, especially since the epics focus on different themes and plotlines.

If you  missed class today, we completed the following:

1. We reviewed the information introduced last time concerning The Odyssey. We watched two video clips associated with the sirens and another set of monsters, Scylla and Charybdis. I have included an image of the sirens above, and an image of Scylla and Chaybdis is located below.

2. We completed the storyboard regarding The Odyssey.

1. You will have a quiz covering The Odyssey on Thursday. The best way to prepare for the quiz is to read pages 211-229 in your book, and to review the quiz questions below.  
2. Remember to annotate/notate the two Odyssey excerpts that I gave to you last time in class. They are due on Thursday, and you will find them helpful for your quiz.

For your quiz on Thursday, you will "pull from the hat" and select one of the following questions concerning The Odyssey. May I make a suggestion? Review each question and develop a solid concept concerning your response. Locate examples from your book to support your points.If you do this for each one, you will do well on the quiz. Your response needs to be written using ACADEMIC VOICE (no first or second person, no passive verbs, and no contractions)

1. The concept concerning "power of cunning over strength" is a valid theme in The Odyssey. Discuss this thematic view, and the role it plays in the epic poem. Support your points with three textual examples.

2. Discuss the thematic approach concerning "identify" in The Odyssey. An explanation regarding the positive and negative effects of maintaining anonymity in contrast to identifying oneself must be part of your response. Identify three examples from your textbook or annotated texts to support your points.

3. Trace Homer's thematic approach to "appearance vs. reality" in The Odyssey. Discuss the importance of this theme to events within the epic poem. Include three examples from your book and/or annotated texts to support your response.

4. Discuss the literary element of irony in The Odyssey. Dramatic irony occurs when the audience has knowledge that characters within the story do not. Identify three examples of dramatic irony within the epic poem. An explanation as to why irony heightens the reader's interest in The Odyssey is compulsory.

5. The customs concerning "guest and host" were highly respected in ancient Greek culture. Homer clearly valued these customs, and he recognized the role of the gods if the customs were not followed. Support Homer's view by explaining and indicating three examples from your textbook and/or annotated sources.

I look forward to seeing you on Thursday!