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The Odyssey

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The Suitors Inferiority

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The suitor Eurymachus, after his attempt to win Penelope’s hand in marriage via the ax contest, states:

"I grieve for myself and for us all; I grieve that I shall have to forgo the marriage, but I do not care nearly so much about this, for there are plenty of other women in Ithaca and elsewhere; what I feel most is the fact of our being so inferior to Ulysses in strength that we cannot string his bow. This will disgrace us in the eyes of those who are yet unborn.”

What is the source of the suitors’ disgrace?

A

Penelope’s refusal to remarry

B

The suitors lack Ulysses’ leadership

C

The suitors lack Ulysses’ cunning

D

Telemachus outshoots the suitors.

E

The suitors will be seen as inferior to Ulysses in the eyes of posterity.