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. According to Zeus, who wins the duel between Paris and his Greek competitor on the battlefield?

2. When do the Trojans finally break through the wall?

3. Who does Athena disguise herself as?

4. After Agamemnon is stunned by Achilles' response to his offer, what does Diomedes says Achilles will do?

5. What objects are sacrificed before the duel in Book 3 between Paris and his competition?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Zeus let his attention drift from the battlefield?

2. After Patroclus' death, what does Zeus do when he sees Patroclus' horses mourning?

3. At the end of Book 5, the gods withdraw from the fight. Why?

4. What is Agamemnon's state of mind in Book 14, and what is his suggestion?

5. Why does Zeus allow the gods back into the battle?

6. What is the interpretation of the eagle and the snake that Hector does not like?

7. What kind of goddess is Aphrodite? Please support your answer with examples.

8. Who is the first god to disobey Zeus and what does that god do?

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

10. How is Patroclus killed?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

From the story, what was the cause of the war, and what actions of men and gods caused it to go on so long? Please support your answer with at least three examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

The symbols in The Iliad are numerous. Pick a symbol and discuss its importance to the characters in the book.

Essay Topic 3

Which event in the books is the climax, or main turning point, in the book? Please explain your thoughts.

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