Quizzes: Homer's Odyssey
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At various intervals throughout the term, you will be assigned a take-home quiz that must be completed by the specified date.

     Each quiz will ask you to review portions of Homer's Odyssey and to locate certain grammatical, syntactic, and poetic constructions (e.g. purpose clauses, relative clauses, correption and so on).  Once you have located a construction, you should do the following:

  • Identify as much of the construction as needed.  If discussing a subordinate clause you should include some of the main clause for context.  The identification will require some careful reading on your part.  Be sure to include book/line references.
  • Translate the sentence as accurately as possible.
  • Discuss the essentials of the construction with reference to the patterns we have observed in class.  If you are discussing a subordinate clause, be sure to relate it back to the main clause.  You may take cues from old textbooks;  an important resource is H. W. Smyth's Greek Grammar for Colleges, which is on our reserve shelf in the library.

     As far as grading goes, the identification is worth 2 points, the translation 3, and the discussion 5.  Each construction is therefore worth 10 points total.

EXAMPLE (Assume the quiz calls for a purpose clause):

Identification.  Iqakhn eseleusomai, ofra uion epotrunw.    (O. 1.88-9)

Translation.  I will go to Ithaca in order to rouse his son.

Discussion.   A purpose clause explains the reason behind an action in the main clause. In this sentence, Athena intends to go to Ithaca. eseleusomai is the primary verb of the main clause. The purpose of her action is marked by the subordinating conjunction, ofra, which introduces the subjunctive verb epotrunw, which in turn explains why she will go.

As you can see, your success on the quiz depends on many things:  your ability to analyze the Greek, to discuss it cogently, and to offer a correct translation.   While the style of your discussion might differ from the one above, you should nevertheless strive for clarity at all times.

     Note that the identification of the actual sentence does not quote all of the Greek, but omits elements in both the main and subordinate clauses.  (Compare for yourself!)  A successful identification, then, rests on critical thinking about what is really important in the sentence.

All quizzes must be typed.  You may write in the Greek by hand, or you may type it with a Greek font (Symbol, Athenian, and others) and write in the diacritical marks.  Whatever your option, the Greek must be correct in all respects (unlike the example, above, which for the sake of the web has no diacriticals).

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