The Iliad Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. After Zeus and Hera come to an agreement on Mount Olympus, who is sent to stir the men up to battle?

2. Where is the eagle injured?

3. Who is Achilles' mother?

4. Who speaks to the Greek soldiers to convince them to stay and fight when Agamemnon is telling them to go home?

5. Who calls Agamemnon greedy for profit and shameless?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the origins of Achilles' anger?

2. What is the difference between the stance of the gods and the stance of the Trojan and Greek armies in Book 4?

3. Where does Achilles sit in sorrow, and what happens as a result?

4. What is the state of mind of Agamemnon in Book 4?

5. On his way back to the ships, what demonstrates that Patroclus has a kind heart?

6. How does Hector shame Paris into fighting the duel?

7. In Book 2, was Zeus' plan for Agamemnon successful?

8. How do the Trojans successfully attack the wall the Greeks have built?

9. How do Diomedes and Glaukos end up friends?

10. What does Athena's interference in the truce between the Trojans and the Greeks cause?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the beginning of The Iliad, Homer tells us that the story is about the anger of Achilles. What is one part of the story that do not involve Achilles, but is a result of his anger? Why is this part important if the story is about the anger of Achilles?

Essay Topic 2

What are some of the tests that characters have issued to other characters in The Iliad? What was the point of these tests? By providing these contrasts, does Homer think that human nature can change, or that it stays the same?

Essay Topic 3

The mortals in The Iliad appear to be at the mercy of the gods. Please discuss if this is true, why or why not, using specific examples from the text.

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