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. How many events are there in the funeral games?

2. Who is sent as a messenger to tell Achilles the gods are angry with him for the continued humiliation of Hector's body?

3. Who does Apollo disguise himself as in order to delay Achilles from fighting Hector?

4. What do Athena and Poseidon urge Achilles to do after he has angered the river god?

5. Who tells the gods about Zeus' plan?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. After Patroclus' death, why is Achilles feeling guilty?

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

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

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

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

9. Who blames the gods for the events that have taken place so far in Book 19?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Which character do you identify as the main character in The Iliad? Why? Support your answer with at least five examples from the book.

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 pick one of the following options to write about:

1) How pride caused Hector's death.

2) How envy cause the war to being.

3) How greed caused a division in the Greek forces.

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