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Did you know that the Iliad was written around the 8th century BC? Have you well understood the poem? The quiz below will help gauge how much you know about this ancient Greek poem. Enjoy.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Who is the King of Troy in "The Iliad"?

    • A.

      Priam

    • B.

      Agamemnon

    • C.

      Menelaus

    • D.

      Hector

    Correct Answer
    A. Priam
    Explanation
    In "The Iliad," the King of Troy is Priam. He is the father of Hector and Paris, and plays a significant role in the Trojan War. Priam is known for his wisdom and compassion, and he tries to negotiate with the Greek forces led by Agamemnon and Menelaus. However, his city ultimately falls to the Greeks, and Priam tragically dies during the sacking of Troy.

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  • 2. 

    In "The Iliad", who does Helen's husband, Menelaus, get to help him attack Troy?

    • A.

      Agamemnon

    • B.

      Zues

    • C.

      Hera

    • D.

      Apollo

    Correct Answer
    A. Agamemnon
    Explanation
    In "The Iliad," Menelaus, the husband of Helen, seeks the assistance of Agamemnon to attack Troy. Agamemnon is a prominent figure in the Trojan War and the leader of the Greek forces. He plays a crucial role in rallying the Greek army and organizing their strategies against Troy. Therefore, Agamemnon is the correct answer as he is the one who aids Menelaus in their quest to attack Troy.

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  • 3. 

    Who is the greatest warrior for the Greeks, but refuses to fight the Trojans in "The Iliad"?

    • A.

      Hector

    • B.

      Achilles

    • C.

      Patrocles

    • D.

      Ajax

    Correct Answer
    B. Achilles
    Explanation
    In "The Iliad," Achilles is considered the greatest warrior for the Greeks. However, he refuses to fight the Trojans due to a conflict with Agamemnon, the Greek leader. Achilles' refusal to fight and his subsequent withdrawal from battle greatly impacts the Greek forces and leads to a series of events that shape the narrative of the epic poem.

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  • 4. 

    In "The Iliad" story, why does Achilles finally enter the battle when he initially said he wouldn't?

    • A.

      Patrocles Is Killed

    • B.

      He Does It For Helen

    • C.

      Athena Tells Him To

    • D.

      Agamemnon Calls Him A Coward

    Correct Answer
    A. Patrocles Is Killed
    Explanation
    Achilles finally enters the battle in "The Iliad" because his close friend Patrocles is killed. This event deeply affects Achilles and fuels his desire for revenge. Patrocles' death breaks Achilles' resolve to stay out of the battle and prompts him to rejoin the fight.

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  • 5. 

    "The Iliad" takes place after how many years of a siege upon Troy?

    • A.

      15

    • B.

      12

    • C.

      10

    • D.

      18

    Correct Answer
    C. 10
    Explanation
    "The Iliad" takes place after 10 years of a siege upon Troy. This is mentioned in the epic poem itself, which recounts the events of the Trojan War. The Greeks, led by Agamemnon, besieged the city of Troy for a decade before finally conquering it. The poem focuses on the final year of the war, highlighting the battles and conflicts between the Greek and Trojan warriors.

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  • 6. 

    In "The Iliad", Priam's son Paris abducts Helen of Troy after which goddess promises her to him?

    • A.

      Hera

    • B.

      Athena

    • C.

      Aphrodite

    • D.

      Artemis

    Correct Answer
    C. Aphrodite
    Explanation
    In "The Iliad", Priam's son Paris abducts Helen of Troy and the goddess Aphrodite promises her to him. This is because Aphrodite is the goddess of love, beauty, and desire, and she plays a significant role in the events leading up to the Trojan War. By promising Helen to Paris, Aphrodite ensures that their love affair continues and contributes to the conflict between the Greeks and the Trojans.

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  • 7. 

    Which Goddess favors Agamemnon and the Greeks in "The Iliad"?

    • A.

      Demeter

    • B.

      Aphrodite

    • C.

      Hera

    • D.

      Athena

    Correct Answer
    D. Athena
    Explanation
    In "The Iliad," Athena favors Agamemnon and the Greeks. She is known as the goddess of wisdom, courage, and strategic warfare. Athena supports the Greeks in their battle against the Trojans and provides guidance and assistance to their leaders, including Agamemnon. She is often depicted as a wise and powerful ally, offering her divine protection and advice to the Greek warriors. Her favor towards Agamemnon and the Greeks is crucial in their success in the Trojan War.

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  • 8. 

    In "The Iliad", who kills Patrocles?

    • A.

      Priam

    • B.

      Agamemnon

    • C.

      Ajax

    • D.

      Hector

    Correct Answer
    D. Hector
    Explanation
    Hector kills Patroclus in "The Iliad". This event occurs during the Trojan War when Patroclus, a close companion of Achilles, is wearing Achilles' armor and fighting on the side of the Greeks. Hector, the Trojan prince and greatest warrior, engages in combat with Patroclus and ultimately kills him. This event is a turning point in the epic, leading to Achilles' return to battle seeking revenge for his friend's death.

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