Odyssey-Vocabulary Worksheet Books V - VI
Part I: Using Prior Knowledge and Contextual Clues
Below are the sentences in which the vocabulary words appear in the text. Read the
sentence. Use any clues you can find in the sentence combined with your prior knowledge, and write what you think the underlined words mean in the space provided.
Books V and VI
1. "A gull patrolling between the wave crests of the desolate sea will dip.."
2. "A deep wood grew outside, with...pungent cypress."
3. "...food and drink for the luminous Wayfinder"
4. "She had to give him...a well-polished adze."
5. "But in perplexity Od said to himself, his great heart laboring:"
6. "Far gone in weariness, in oblivion, the noble man slept on."
7. "...and twirling out of her distaff yarn dyed like the sea..."
8. "But one man's destiny is more than blest-he who prevails and takes you as his bride."
9. "I hold it shame for any girl to flout her own dear parents."
10. "In deference to her father's brother she would not show her true form."
Odyssey-Vocabulary Worksheet Books V - VI Continued
Part II: Determining the Meaning
Match the vocabulary words to their dictionary definitions.
___ 1. desolate A. emitting self-generated light
___ 2. pungent B. the state of being puzzled or confused
___ 3. luminous C. a stick on a spinning wheel that holds unspun wool
___ 4. adze D. courteous respect
___ 5. perplexity E. triumphs or wins, becomes effective
___ 6. oblivion F. a sharp, bitter taste
___ 7. distaff G. the state of being completely forgotten
___ 8. prevails H. to show contempt or scorn
___ 9. flout I. an axe-like tool with an arched blade at right angles to the handle
___ 10. deference J. deserted: dreary, gloomy