Short Essay Questions
1. What does Dante experience in the Dark Wood in Canto 1?
2. Why is Virgil going to guide Dante through Hell?
3. How do Dante and Virgil enter Hell in Canto 3?
4. Who are the righteous nonbelievers?
5. Describe the doomed lovers Dante meets in Canto 5?
6. What prophecies does Ciacco make about Florence in Canto 6?
7. How are the hoarders and spendthrifts punished in Canto 7?
8. Why are there Fallen Angels at the gates of the City of Dis?
9. What halting reassurance does Virgil offer Dante in Canto 9?
10. How do Dante and Virgil gain entry to Dis in Canto 9?
11. Why are the Epicureans being burned in chests in Canto 10?
12. What does Farinata reveal about Dante and the visions of damned souls in Canto 10?
13. Who is kept in the City of Dis?
14. According to Virgil in Canto 11, why are the sins of the lower circles worse than the sins of the upper circles?
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