Events of Book 18 - The Iliad

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1. Why does Thetis offer to get Achilles new armour made by Hephaestus?

  • Achilles' armour was lost at see bringing Patroclus' body back.
  • Hector now wears Achilles armour.
  • Patroclus' blood has stained Achilles' armour.
  • Achilles' armour won't be strong enough to protect him from Hector.
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2. When Hephaestus hands over the new armour he has made, what does the shield show?

  • Hector's corpse, a fallen Ilium, Patroclus' resurrection and the marriage of Achilles and Briseis.
  • Constellations, dancing children, pastures and cities of men.
  • Achilles slaying Hector, Patroclus' soul, the mountains of Olympus and the throne of Zeus.
  • Festivals of theatre, Athens, children and women milking cattle in Argos.

3. Who accompanies Achilles to the battle field?

  • Athene
  • Antilochus
  • Iris
  • Nestor

4. Why won't Achilles allow Patroclus to be buried?

  • He wants to slay Hector first.
  • He wants Thetis to ask Zeus to bring him back to life.
  • Iris tells him he is dreaming and that Patroclus is alive.
  • He wants Agamemnon to apologise first.

5. What does Achilles do when he discovers Patroclus has been killed?

  • Silently prepare the Myrmidons for a counter-battle.
  • Beat the ground and cover his face with dirt.
  • Beat Briseis and throw her to the ground.
  • Throw his shield to the ground and weep.

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