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Full-Book Quiz

Full-Book Quiz

1. Who sends the plague to the Achaean camp near the beginning of The Iliad?

2. When does Achilles die?

3. Which of the following characters do not engage in one-on-one combat with each other in the poem?

4. When is The Iliad thought to have been composed?

5. Who helps rescue Machaon after Paris wounds him?

6. Who kills Dolon?

7. With what weapon does Ajax knock Hector unconscious?

8. At what point in the story do the Achaeans hold their athletic competition?

9. Which of the following characters is Helen’s brother-in-law?

10. How long has the Trojan War been going by the time The Iliad begins?

11. How many Trojan warriors does Achilles sacrifice on Patroclus’s pyre?

12. Who suggests that Helen be returned to Menelaus?

13. Who reminds Achilles that the Achaean soldiers cannot fight on empty stomachs?

14. Which god helps to bring about the death of Patroclus?

15. Why is Astyanax frightened when he sees his father, Hector?

16. Which of the following do not appear on Achilles’ new shield?

17. With which immortal does Achilles engage in one-on-one combat?

18. Why does Zeus initially agree to help the Trojans in the war?

19. What provokes Achilles’ rage against Agamemnon?

20. Who raised Patroclus?

21. Who sets fire to a Greek ship?

22. What magical charm does Hera use in seducing Zeus and making him fall asleep?

23. What do Helen and Paris do during one particularly stormy battle?

24. Where is Achilles’ old armor most vulnerable to attack?

25. What grave tactical error does Hector make out of overconfidence?

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Discrepancy between summary and quick quiz

by Maledicte, September 04, 2013

In the summary for book 4 it says, " Zeus argues that Menelaus has won the duel," while in the quiz the "correct" answer for the person who believes that Paris won the duel is Zeus. This is a direct contradiction and should be rectified.


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False: Hektor did not flee.

by DingDangIt, October 17, 2013

I must disagree with Hektor's commentary above.
"His refusal to flee even in the face of vastly superior forces makes him the most tragic figure in the poem."

He did flee. THREE times... The only moment when he stands and fights is when he thinks he has a buddy by his side to back him up.
("Athene deceived Hector with her words and her disguise.")
Sorry, but that is cowardice (and he is the GREATEST of the Trojans... just saying...) He is a coward by the end of the book, not so different from Paris.

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The Iliad as a Primary Epic.

by touhidsm, May 10, 2014

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Answer: Undoubtedly, an epic is a great part of English Literature. So, in this way we’ve to know it first that, ‘what is an epic?’ An epic has been generally described as a long narrative poem, on a grand scale, about the deeds of warriors and heroes, kings and Gods. It is majestic both in theme and style. It is a polygonal heroic story incorporating myth, legend, folktale, religion, and historical events of nat... Read more


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