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.