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. After Hector has died, and is being dragged behind Achilles' chariot, who utters a lament for Hector?

2. Apollo takes what form on the battlefield?

3. What does Achilles' mother ask him to wait for?

4. Who tells the gods about Zeus' plan?

5. Who saves Hector from being killed?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What god does Achilles make angry in Book 21, and what does the god do in retaliation?

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

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

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

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

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

9. In Book 15, while the gods are being informed of Zeus' plan, what are the Trojans and the Greeks doing?

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

There are many points during the story that the war between the Trojans and the Greeks comes to a halt, or has almost ended. Please pick two times during the story that this is true, and write about what has stopped the war from ending. Make sure to support your answer with examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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