Penelope issues her challenge to the suitors, but none of the men can bend the bow to string it.  Odysseus finds a chance to confides in Philoetius and Eumaeus and include them in his plans for revenge.  Odysseus easily strings the bow and shoots an arrow through the twelve axe-heads.  Eumaeus tells the women to lock themselves int he bedrooms while Telemachus and Odysseus arm themselves against the suitors.

  1. Who does Odysseus trust to help him defeat the suitors?
  2. Why don’t the men want Odysseus to try to string the bow?
  3. How does Odysseus prove his true identity?