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Which character from The Odyssey are you?

Answer the following questions to see which character from Homer's epic poem most closely matches your personality.

Quiz Questions

  • 1.
    1. So... do you come here often?
    • A.
      "Are either of us really here now?"
      (Correlates to: Athena)
    • B.
      "Sorry, I'm waiting for someone"
      (Correlates to: Penelope)
    • C.
      "I've been trying to come here for years, but something has always come up"
      (Correlates to: Odysseus)
    • D.
      "Look, if you don't mind, I'm just minding my own business"
      (Correlates to: Polyphemus)
    • E.
      "Yes, though they've only recently started letting me in"
      (Correlates to: Telemachus)
    • F.
      "I go where I like, with whoever I like. How about you buy me a drink?"
      (Correlates to: Circe)
  • 2.
    2. Which of these would you've been most likely to reach for, as a child?
    • A.
      A magic set
      (Correlates to: Circe)
    • B.
      A sword or a bow and arrow
      (Correlates to: Odysseus)
    • C.
      A book
      (Correlates to: Athena)
    • D.
      A sewing kit
      (Correlates to: Penelope)
    • E.
      A game of solitaire
      (Correlates to: Polyphemus)
    • F.
      Toy soldiers
      (Correlates to: Telemachus)
  • 3.
    3. Which of these options best describes your ideal holiday?
    • A.
      Caving and potholing
      (Correlates to: Polyphemus)
    • B.
      I'm more of a staycation, person
      (Correlates to: Penelope)
    • C.
      A really long cruise
      (Correlates to: Odysseus)
    • D.
      Backpacking across India and South Asia
      (Correlates to: Telemachus)
    • E.
      A safari perhaps, or just somewhere surrounded by animals
      (Correlates to: Circe)
    • F.
      I'm happy somewhere I can sit and watch the world play out
      (Correlates to: Athena)
  • 4.
    4. Which of the following would you be most likely to go and see at the cinema?
    • A.
      The Wolf of Wall Street
      (Correlates to: Circe)
    • B.
      Planes, Trains and Automobiles
      (Correlates to: Polyphemus)
    • C.
      Wonder Woman
      (Correlates to: Athena)
    • D.
      The Notebook
      (Correlates to: Penelope)
    • E.
      Scott Pilgrim vs The World
      (Correlates to: Telemachus)
    • F.
      Mad Max: Fury Road
      (Correlates to: Odysseus)
  • 5.
    5. Which of these hobbies most appeals to you?
    • A.
      Dressing up and role play
      (Correlates to: Athena)
    • B.
      Basic weaponry
      (Correlates to: Telemachus)
    • C.
      Weaving
      (Correlates to: Circe)
    • D.
      Travel... a lot of travel
      (Correlates to: Odysseus)
    • E.
      Looking after animals
      (Correlates to: Polyphemus)
    • F.
      Sewing... very slowly
      (Correlates to: Penelope)
  • 6.
    6. Which of these books are you most likely to be found reading?
    • A.
      Journey to the Centre of the Earth
      (Correlates to: Odysseus)
    • B.
      The Crucible
      (Correlates to: Circe)
    • C.
      Jane Eyre
      (Correlates to: Penelope)
    • D.
      The Catcher in the Rye
      (Correlates to: Telemachus)
    • E.
      War and Peace
      (Correlates to: Athena)
    • F.
      The Collector
      (Correlates to: Polyphemus)
  • 7.
    7. What does your ideal evening involve?
    • A.
      A magic night in with someone special... so long as they play by my rules
      (Correlates to: Circe)
    • B.
      Time left alone to think and reminisce
      (Correlates to: Penelope)
    • C.
      A thoughtful night at the theatre, assuming I get to choose what we see
      (Correlates to: Athena)
    • D.
      An Escape Room challenge, maybe even a bit of time on the water
      (Correlates to: Odysseus)
    • E.
      Team sport; so long as I'm able to join in rather than left watching
      (Correlates to: Telemachus)
    • F.
      Time in the outdoors, before a cosy night in with plenty of food
      (Correlates to: Polyphemus)
  • 8.
    8. Which of these artists is most likely to be coming out of your headphones?
    • A.
      Beyonce
      (Correlates to: Athena)
    • B.
      Journey
      (Correlates to: Odysseus)
    • C.
      Kate Bush
      (Correlates to: Circe)
    • D.
      The All Seeing I
      (Correlates to: Polyphemus)
    • E.
      Adele
      (Correlates to: Penelope)
    • F.
      Stormzy
      (Correlates to: Telemachus)
  • 9.
    9. What irritates you?
    • A.
      Men who won't take no for an answer
      (Correlates to: Penelope)
    • B.
      Delays and interruptions
      (Correlates to: Odysseus)
    • C.
      People who help themselves to your food
      (Correlates to: Polyphemus)
    • D.
      Unexpected visitors
      (Correlates to: Circe)
    • E.
      Being patronised
      (Correlates to: Telemachus)
    • F.
      The stupidity of others
      (Correlates to: Athena)

Quiz Outcomes

  • 1.
    Athena
    Your wisdom is divine. A clever and confident decision-maker you often use your brain power to help others, but not too much (you've been known to sit on sidelines watching your favourites fight out their battles). You generally prefer the company of those who are as clever as you are, though you have a soft spot for up and coming heroes.
  • 2.
    Telemachus
    Perhaps because of your young age you can often feel underestimated by others who try to intimidate you; and you lack the confidence to stand up for yourself and feel protective of those close to you. You're determined though and proactive in seeking the advice and experience you need to become a stronger person.
  • 3.
    Circe
    You're ambitious and resourceful in getting what you want. How resourceful? Well, how about 'concocting potions to turn people into animals' resourceful. But maybe you're also lonely, living alone in a mansion on an island, and misunderstood; who said all witches are bad?
  • 4.
    Odysseus
    Wily, adventurous and daring you have the sharp tools and thirst for glory to make a name for yourself in this world. Taking on sea monsters, evading enchantments, outwitting man-eating one-eyed monsters and challenging the gods you've proven yourself to be capable of getting out of tough situations, and a little (or very) hot headed. But with all the excitement the world has to offer, home is really where your heart is, and you'd go to great lengths just to be with your loved ones.
  • 5.
    Polyphemus
    You follow social rules of hospitality and you don't appreciate people invading your personal space; especially when they turn up uninvited, eat your food and blind you in your sleep. Those who encroach on your territory will face the consequences but remember to keep your wits about you so 'no one' gets the better of you.
  • 6.
    Penelope
    Twenty years of separation from a loved one isn't enough to damper your hope of ever seeing them, or to tempt you in to the arms of other eager suitors. Though your loyalty may give the impression you are meek, you are not one to be underestimated. You may not be one for confrontation but you are brave and skilled at weaving up other ways to ward off the pressures of others.