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 retreat from Troy as Hector is planning the largest attack yet.
  • That he needs to return to battle to stop Hector from killing Nestor and Ajax.
  • That he needs to show himself in battle to stop the fighting over Patroclus' body.
  • That he needs to return to battle to hasten the fall of Troy under Zeus' orders.
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2. Who tells Achilles that Patroclus has been killed?

  • Nestor
  • Thetis
  • Antilochus
  • Pandarus

3. 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.

4. What does Achilles do to scare the Trojans away from Patroclus' body?

  • He launches a burning spear into the midst of Trojan ranks.
  • He releases a super-human scream.
  • He beats the ground so hard it quakes.
  • He charges into the midst of the Trojan ranks in search of Hector.

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

  • Achilles' armour was lost at see bringing Patroclus' body back.
  • Achilles' armour won't be strong enough to protect him from Hector.
  • Hector now wears Achilles armour.
  • Patroclus' blood has stained Achilles' armour.


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