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English G10: Daedalus and Icarus

Name: ____________________________________ Grade: _____________________

A. MULTIPLE CHOICE: Choose the letter of the correct answer.

1. What type of fiction is Daedalus and Icarus?

a. Editorial
b. Myth
c. Biography
d. Folk tale

2. What do we learn about Daedalus’ story?

a. He was an ingenious artist, but does not control the air?
b. He did not control the air and wanted to escape by running away during the night.
c. He was not an ingenious artist, but Icarus was.
d. His son wanted to escape by flying, and he did not want to try.

3. What does Daedalus and Icarus want?

a. They wanted to pay the king money in return for their freedom.
b. They want to stay on the island because it is safe.
c. They wanted King Minos to help them escape,
d. They want to escape from the island of Crete.

4. How many sets of wings does Daedalus make?

a. 8 b. 4 c. 1 d. 2

5. Who says the following line, “No human being has ever traveled through the air before... Keep at moderate height...Keep
near me and you will be safe.”
a. King Minos
b. Daedalus
c. Icarus
d. Plowmen

6. What instructions did Icarus fail to listen to?

a. He flew too low and could not see in the fog.
b. He flew to the east and was out of the sight of his father.
c. He flew at a moderate height.
d. He flew to high and the sun melted the wax.

7. Daedalus was crazed by anxiety. What does this mean?

a. Daedalus had an uneasy and worried feeling.
b. Daedalus was happy to see Icarus fly to freedom.
c. Daedalus was upset and mad at Icarus.
d. Daedalus became afraid and wanted to go back to the island.

8. What characteristic of a myth is shown when Daedalus and Icarus are able to fly and the people think they are gods?
a. It shows how characters create inventions.
b. It shows the origins of natural phenomena.
c. It shows an event that cannot happen in real life.
d. It shows the values of a culture.

9. Daedalus first knew that his fears had come true when
a. he saw feathers floating from the sky.
b. he heard Icarus cry out to him.
c. he felt the heat of the sun.
d. he saw his son plunge into the sea.

10. A message about human life that a writer shares with the reader
a. Central Idea
b. Moral
c. Theme
d. Resolution

11. Who was enraged when they escaped from the labyrinth?
a. Hera
b. Crete
c. King Minos
d. Zeus
12. What type of feathers did Daedalus tell Icarus to gather?
a. Seagulls
b. Vultures
c. Doves
d. Eagles

13. Daedalus made wings for himself and his son in order to
a. teach his son to fly.
b. be more like the gods.
c. escape from the island of Crete.
d. show that he was an ingenious artist.

14. Why did Daedalus have “misgivings” while watching Icarus fly?
a. He thought that Icarus would be too afraid.
b. He thought that the wings would not be strong enough.
c. He thought that the winds would be too strong.
d. He thought that Icarus would be too bold and reckless.

15. Why did Icarus fly higher and higher into the sky?
a. He wanted to impress the shepherds and plowmen.
b. He did not know how to control his wings.
c. He was bewitched by a sense of freedom and arrogance.
d. He was obeying his father’s instructions.

B. FACT OR NOT: Tell whether the statement is a fact or not. Draw WINGS before each number if the statement is a fact
and SUN if otherwise.

_________ Daedalus was an inventor.

__________ King Minos wanted to kill the Minotaur.

__________ It would be easy to and your way out of the Labyrinth.

_________ Icarus design his own wings.

__________ The wings were made of chicken feathers.

C. AGREE OR DISAGREE: State whether you agree or disagree with the given statements and and evidence from the text
to support your claim.

1. King Minos is cruel.

Evidence: ____________________________________________________________________________________

2. Daedalus is talented.

Evidence: ____________________________________________________________________________________

3. Icarus is foolish.

Evidence: ____________________________________________________________________________________

4. Daedalus and Icarus should have stayed in the island after escaping from the Labyrinth. 

Evidence: ____________________________________________________________________________________

5. Daedalus is responsible for his son’s death.

Evidence: ___________________________________________________________________________________