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. Who does Achilles send to get information on the war?

2. What is stolen from the Thracian camp when the Greek spies find the Thracian camp?

3. Who is Ares?

4. What does Agamemnon sacrifice to Zeus in Book 2?

5. What is the eagle carrying when it appears as a sign as the Trojans are trying to cross the ditch on foot?

Short Essay Questions

1. After the Trojans retreat to the city, why does Hector ask for sacrifices to the gods?

2. What are Achilles' two possible destinies according to his mother?

3. What is Athena's warning to Diomedes in Book 5?

4. What are the origins of Achilles' anger?

5. How are Hector and his wife different from Helen and Paris?

6. What do Odysseus and Diomedes do with the information they gain from the Trojan spy?

7. What do Hera and Athena promise Zeus, when Zeus notices their preparations for intervention in the war?

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

9. In Book 6, what is an example of the mercilessness of the Greeks?

10. After Achilles tells his sorrows to his mother, what does his mother do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many characters in The Iliad are ruled by their emotions. Please pick a character and give three specific examples of when that character was ruled by their emotions, whether it led them to a good or bad result, and why. Make sure to use specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Please discuss whether you think the following gods were good or evil: Zeus, Hera, Apollo, and Athena. Support your answer with specific examples from the text.

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