Events of Book 18 - The Iliad

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1. What does Iris tell Achilles when she is sent by Hera to the camp?

  • That he needs to show himself in battle to stop the fighting over Patroclus' body.
  • That he needs to return to battle to stop Hector from killing Nestor and Ajax.
  • That he needs to return to battle to hasten the fall of Troy under Zeus' orders.
  • That he needs to retreat from Troy as Hector is planning the largest attack yet.
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2. Who do the Trojans agree with Hector when he suggests attacking the Achaean camp, despite Achilles return to battle?

  • They are threatened with death if they do not agree with him.
  • They don't trust Polydamus who suggests retreating.
  • Athene robs the Trojans of their wits.
  • They believe that Zeus will favour them in battle.

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

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

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

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

5. Who accompanies Achilles to the battle field?

  • Athene
  • Antilochus
  • Iris
  • Nestor

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