This close reading exercise helps students read more actively and analyze the text more deeply to promote improved comprehension of The Adventures of Ulysses
by Bernard Evslin. This resource features seven questions and covers the prologue through the chapter titled "The Lotus-Eaters." It highlights several textual passages and references the following.
♦ The gods' motivation to have Paris determine which goddess was the fairest
♦ Biographical background on Queen Helen
♦ Vocabulary in context (tactician)
♦ Ulysses' distinct ability to think critically about the consequences of actions, as compared to his crew's inability
♦ Ulysses sense of fair judgment during the battle with the Ciconians
♦ The author's use of language to establish setting (Lotus Land) and mood
♦ Morpheus's observations of Ulysses' dreams and how they foreshadow future occurrences
An answer key is included.
This resource aligns well to Adolescent Literacy Project teaching principles. I recommend using these worksheets as the basis for small-group discussions, letting students discuss, debate, and support their reasoning for answer choices. In the role of facilitator, I observe my students becoming more consistently engaged with the novel and taking greater ownership of their learning.
In addition to helping students gain deeper understanding of the material and greater confidence in their ability to read harder texts, this resource may prepare students for standardized test-style questioning.
If you prefer a comprehensive resource to make teaching the novel more convenient, consider this mega bundle, which includes a set of 7 comprehension quizzes, a set of 2 close reading worksheets, a Jeopardy-style review game, and a unit test.