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 answers Paris' challenge to the Greeks on the battlefield?

2. Who goes and spies on the Trojan camp?

3. What does Paris promise to Hector when Hector finds him after the Trojans retreat to the city?

4. Why does Hector say he has to fight?

5. What promise does Zeus get from Hera?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Diomedes and Glaukos end up friends?

2. How is Patroclus killed?

3. What is the goal of Zeus' plan, as he tells it to Hera?

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

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

6. What arguments develop upon Patroclus' death?

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

8. Is Paris a weak character? Please support your answer with examples from the book.

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

10. What does Achilles refuse to do until he has properly buried Patroclus?

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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