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Homer’s Literary Legacy – IELTS Reading Answers
Homer’s Literary Legacy – IELTS Reading Answers

Homer’s Literary Legacy – IELTS Reading Answers

You should spend 20 minutes on questions 26-40 based on the reading passage below.

Homer’s Literary Legacy

Homer - 1

Homer - 2

Homer - 4

Homer - 4

Homer - 5

Homer - 6

Homer - 7

Answers

The answers to questions 26-40 are given below along with their explanations.

Question Number

Answer

Keywords

Locations of Keywords

26 E They were, loose collection, songs transmitted by, Greek bards Para E, lines 2-3
27 D Homer, not, author, contemporary sense, single person, sat down, wrote a story, published Para D, first 3 lines
28 C no historical records of Homer, no, biography, exists Para C, line 5
29 E stylistic quirks, formulaic, recurring plot elements, repetitive epithets, “clever Odysseus”, “pray-eye Athena”, perplexed readers, thumbprints, potter: material evidence of how, poems, crafted Para E, lines 9-12
30 A In India, entire class, priests, charged with memorizing the Vedas, pre-Islamic Arabia, Rawis, often attached, poets, official memorizers Para A, lines 8-10
31 B Odysseus, “clever Odysseus”, Dawn, “rosy-fingered”, Sometimes, epithets, off-key, murderer of Agamemnon “blameless Aegisthos”, “swift-footed Achilles”, he was sitting down, “laughing Aphrodite”, in tears Para B, lines 8-11
32 D Swiss philosopher suggested, Odyssey and Iliad, been written, men’s memories, later, laboriously collected in writing Para D, lines 4-5
33 C Surely, less perfect stories, come before, these two, first on record Para C, lines 3-4
34 B Friedrich August Wolf argued, not only, Homer’s works not written, Homer, weren’t even by Homer, a loose collection of songs transmitted by, Greek bards, only redacted, present form, later date Para E, first 4 lines
35 C evidence, poems, transmitted orally, right there in the text, stylistic quirks, formulaic, recurring plot elements, repetitive epithets, perplexed readers, like thumbprints left by a potter, material evidence, how, poems, crafted, mnemonic aids Para E, lines 8-12
36 generation poetry, from mouth to ear, principal medium, moving information across space, one generation to the next Para A, first 3 lines
37 citizen the effective citizen, required to learn, core, educational equipment Para A, line 6
38 abstract concrete nouns, easier to remember, abstract ones Para F, lines 10-11
39 music and putting words to music, rhyme, way, adding extra levels, pattern, structure, language Para F, last 2 lines
40 mnemonic They were mnemonic aids, helped the bard(s) fit the meter, pattern, line, remember, essence, poems. Para E, last 2 lines

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