The Iliad Test | Final 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 comes to grieve Patroclus' death with Achilles?

2. What does Zeus hope will make Achilles so angry that he will kill Hector?

3. What does Xanthos promise Achilles?

4. What does Hector beg to have happen with his body?

5. Patroclus tells Hector that Hector gained victory because?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What gift does Achilles' mother bring him before he goes to fight?

4. How is Patroclus killed?

5. What is the difference between the actions of the gods who support the Greeks and the gods who support the Trojans in Book 20?

6. When Hector returns to the fighting after being advised by Poulydamas, what does Ajax say and what sign does Hector dismiss?

7. What arguments develop upon Patroclus' death?

8. What are the gods doing in Book 21 while the mortals are fighting a battle?

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

10. Why is Achilles' mother sad when she speaks to Achilles after Patroclus' death?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The gods play an important role in The Iliad. What is the one thing that the gods do which most influences the story, and why is it the most influential action of the gods?

Essay Topic 2

How has pride, as the characters in The Iliad have used it, caused tragedies to befall the Greeks and the Trojans? Pick at least two times in the story when a prideful action by a character has caused tragedy, and explain how pride has caused the tragedy. Use examples from the book to support your answer.

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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