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The Iliad

Homer

Study Help Essay Questions

1. Explain the quarrel between Agamemnon and Achilles in Book I.

2. What is the purpose of the catalogue of ships?

3. How does Book VI differ from most of the Iliad?

4. What is the purpose of the story of Diomedes, Odysseus, and Dolon in the overall plot of the Iliad?

5. Describe the shield of Achilles and explain the symbolism.

6. What is the significance of the speech of Achilles' horse?

7. What is a theomachy? Why does the theomachy occur?

8. Explain the clash of values symbolized in the fight between Achilles and Hektor.

9. How does Achilles change over the course of the poem?