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Only Someone Obsessed With Greek Myths Can Get 7/10 On This Quiz

Ah, yes, The Odyssey...of the English language.

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  1. What are our modern day "atlases" named after?
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    The mountain the Gods resided on
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    A book of secrets
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    The titan who was forced to shoulder the heavens
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    Flemish mapmaker Gerardus Mercator named his collection of maps after Atlas, the titan forced to carry the heavens on his shoulders after losing a war against the gods.

  2. What tale is the word "siren" from?
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    The Odyssey
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    The Iliad
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    The Anabasis
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    In The Odyssey, the Sirens are temptresses whose beautiful songs lure sailors to their deaths.

  3. What was "nectar" in Greek mythology?
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    A drink that promised immortality
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    A food that wiped one's memory before death
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    An herb that made Odysseus impervious to Circe's magic
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    Nectar is a drink that literally means "overcoming death."

  4. Do you know where "tantalize" comes from?
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    The tricks Circe used to tempt Odysseus's crew
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    The food that kept the gods on Mount Olympus immortal
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    A king, who was punished for offending the gods
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    In Hades, the gods punished King Tantalus by making him stand in a pool of water under a fruit tree. Anytime he bent down to drink or stretched up for some fruit, both water and tree would recede from his grasp.

  5. Which Greek god is associated with the word "lethargic?"
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    Zeus
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    Athena
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    Hades
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    In Hades' kingdom, the underworld, the water that flowed through the river Lethe would cause forgetfulness once drunk.

  6. Where does the word "mentor" come from?
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    A staff that wields infinite knowledge
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    The advisor to Odysseus's son
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    The pomegranate Hades tempts Persephone with
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    Odysseus entrusted his friend, Mentor, with the task of educating his son, Telemachus, while Odysseus was at war. Mentor is often said to be Athena, goddess of wisdom, in disguise.

  7. How did we get the word "panic?"
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    From the tale of a forbidden box
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    From a god's stirring yell
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    From a river's disconcerting quality
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    Pan, god of the wild, emitted a terror-inducing yell that would inspire the word "panic."

  8. Where does the phrase "Pyrrhic victory" come from?
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    The flames of the underworld
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    The fall of Troy
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    The battle at Asculum
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    The phrase "Pyrrhic victory" comes from King Pyrrhus's victory over the Romans at Asculum, where he lost his best men and most of his troops.

  9. Which tale gave us the word "clue?"
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    The story of Persephone's abduction
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    The story of Pan's Labyrinth
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    The story of Narcissus
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    Ariadne is given a clew, or ball of yarn, to guide him out of Pan's labyrinth. The modern defintion of clue comes from a metaphorical interpretation of clew, based on this myth.

  10. Where does the word "morphine" come from?
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    The god of dreams
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    The god of healing
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    The liquid that flowed through the immortals' veins
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    When the German physician Friedrich Sertürner discovered his dangerous, but effective sedative, he named it after Morpheus, who controlled the dreams of sleeping Grecians.

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