Dante's Purgatorio

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Dante and his guide, Virgil, arrive on the shores of the Purgatory on what day?
  • 2. 
    Dante and Virgil, arrive on the shores of the Purgatory in what year?
  • 3. 
    How long does the journey through Purgatory take?
  • 4. 
    The first five Cantos of Purgatory deal with what part of Purgatory?
  • 5. 
    Which Muse in particular does Dante call on in the 1st Canto?
  • 6. 
    What is Calliope the Muse of?
  • 7. 
    What does Dante see in Canto 1 that has not been seen by humans since Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden?
  • 8. 
    Who is the guardian of Purgatory?
  • 9. 
    What is Cato's face illuminated by?
  • 10. 
    Who is Cato?
    • A. 

      The guardian of Purgatory

    • B. 

      The guardian of Hell

    • C. 

      The first soul they meet in Hell

  • 11. 
    What does Cato demand to know?
  • 12. 
    Cato's role is similar to whose role in Hell?
  • 13. 
    How did Cato (in life) so value freedom?
  • 14. 
    Why does Virgil instructs Dante to kneel and fold his hands at the beginning of Canto II?
  • 15. 
    What must Dante do before he is allowed to continue past Cato?
    • A. 

      He must wash the dirt from his face and pluck a reed

    • B. 

      He must pray

    • C. 

      He must beg for forgiveness for being prideful

  • 16. 
    Why can't Dante look at the Angel?
  • 17. 
    How does the Angel in Canto II propel the boat?
  • 18. 
    What are the souls aboard the ship doing?
  • 19. 
    What do the spirits in Canto II ask Virgil and Dante for?
  • 20. 
    How do the spirits in Canto II know that Dante is alive?
  • 21. 
    Who is the spirit in Canto II that recognizes Dante?
  • 22. 
    Who was Casella in life?
  • 23. 
    What does Casella do that pleases Dante?
  • 24. 
    Dante tries three times to hug Casella.  Why can't he?
  • 25. 
    Who interrupts Casella's singing?
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