Core Curriculum 1.1
Classical Cultures

Self-Quiz: Iliad, Book 1

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1. After Agamemnon refuses his request, Chryses

attacks Agamemnon
prays to Apollo to take revenge on the Greeks
pleads with Agamemnon to reconsider
calls on his warriors to attack the Greeks

2. Kalchas, the prophet of Apollo, says he will reveal the cause of the plague only if

he is paid for his knowledge in silver and gold
Agamemnon promises to let him return home to Greece immediately thereafter
Achilles protects him from someone his message may anger
all the troops promise to perform whatever rites he commands

3. When Agamemnon is forced to return Chryseis to her father, Chryses, he:

goes to his tent and sulks in anger
asks Achilles to replace his prizes when and if the Greeks conquer Troy
sends heralds to take Achilles' prize, Briseis, away from him
prays to Zeus to honor him with an even greater prize than he has lost

4. Thetis cannot go immediately to Zeus with Achilles' request because

the gods and goddesses are away, feasting among the Aithiopians (Ethopians)
she is afraid to do so
she does not want to leave her son, Achilles
she has other obligations

5. When Zeus hears Thetis' request, he

immediately grants it in full
is reluctant to grant it because he fears Hera
angrily sends Thetis away
calls a council of the gods to decide the matter democratically

6. The quarrel between Zeus and Hera ends when

Zeus throws Hera off Mount Olympos
Zeus begs Hera to be understanding
the other gods object to Zeus' lack of dignity
Hephaistos intervenes to calm things down

7. When Achilles contemplates killing Agamemnon in his anger,

Odysseus jumps in front of Agamemnon to defend him
Athena grabs Achilles by the hair and stops him
Achilles stops when Agamemnon shouts, "Go ahead! Make my day?"
none of the above

8. At the end of Book 1, the gods are

quarreling and fighting
deliberating about important matters
giving advice to various human beings
feasting and banqueting

9. [From the Study Guide) A simile is

a comparison between two things that does not use "like" or "as"
an adjective that is regularly associated with a certain noun, like "swift-footed" Achilles
a comparison using "like" or "as"
A word that sounds the same as another word, but is spelled differently

10. [From the Study Guide] What is the translation of the first word of the Iliad in the Greek text?

Peleus' son


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