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Inferno

Dante Alighieri

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1. On what Christian holy day does Inferno begin?

2. How old is Dante at the beginning of the poem?

3. What human quality is Virgil usually thought to represent?

4. Which group of sinners must remain submerged in the swampy Styx?

5. What is the meaning of the word “Malebranche”?

6. Of which Florentine political party was Farinata a leader?

7. Where does Beatrice reside after death?

8. Why is Judas unable to speak?

9. What event caused the earthquake mentioned by several demons and spirits in the poem?

10. Who tells Dante the story of Paolo and Francesca?

11. A Centaur is a cross between which two creatures?

12. Which three beasts block Dante from the sunlit hill in Canto I?

13. From which city was Dante exiled?

14. Which pope was Dante’s enemy?

15. Into how many “pouches” is the Eighth Circle of Hell divided?

16. How many circles constitute Dante’s Hell?

17. Which city did Dante believe to be more important than all others?

18. Who brings Dante from the Eighth to the Ninth Circle of Hell?

19. What words can be found above the Gate of Hell?

20. Who opens the gates of Dis?

21. What is Geryon thought to represent?

22. Which river must souls cross before they enter Hell?

23. Where in Hell does Virgil reside?

24. Where do the Spenders and Hoarders receive their punishment?

25. What form of verse does Inferno utilize?

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another thing:

by yummymeats, March 17, 2013

in Christian and Jewish tradition, Satan was an angel who betrayed his benefactor (God). i think that this makes fraud rather suitable as the 9th circle and also explains his bat wings.

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correction...

by ras9234, December 05, 2013

In the 3rd circle of Dante's Inferno, the Gluttonous are torn apart(eaten) by Cerberus the three-headed dog. Flatters are found in the 8th circle and they are who is plunged in excrement. They were full of it in life so they are full of it in death.

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The full title.

by Allytheavenger, December 14, 2013

The full title is actually. Dante Alighieri, Florentine by Citizenship, Not by Morals

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