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 is the fire god?

2. Who's withdrawal weakens the Trojan army?

3. Achilles' mother is the daughter of which god?

4. What does Athena do to Achilles?

5. After Apollo intervenes, who confronts Achilles first?

Short Essay Questions

1. What causes Achilles' new understanding of suffering in Book 24?

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

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

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

5. What does Hector tell Achilles with his last words?

6. What forces Hector to withdraw from the battle?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topic 3

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

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