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What prevents Odysseus from killing the sleeping Cyclops?

A. He thinks he can reason with the Cyclops in the morning.

B. He wants to make the Cyclops his ally and friend.

C. He knows that they cannot move the boulder blocking the doorway.

D. He feels sorry for the Cyclops who lives all by himself.

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Answer: C. He knows that they cannot move the boulder blocking the doorway.

The Cyclops had blocked the entrance to his cave and this prevented Odysseus from killing him. Odysseus had drafted out a plan for the stone to be moved by the Cyclops. Without this, they’d be stuck there with no food or water. While still trapped in the cave, Odysseus crafted a spear from a piece of wood in the cave and then gave the Cyclops wine so as to get him drunk. This was the only way to escape, using the one-eyed giant to open the cave for them

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