Events of Book 19 - The Iliad

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1. What doesn't Achilles want to be reminded of when he goes off to battle?

  • The fact that his mother was an immortal but he was not.
  • The fact that he is destined to die like Patroclus.
  • The fact that he knew Patroclus died.
  • The fact that Briseis doesn't love him like she loved Agamemnon.
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2. What does Achilles accept from Agamemnon in this book?

  • All the gifts previously offered as well as Briseis.
  • His promise to kill Hector.
  • His position as leader of the Achaean army.
  • His chariot, his daughter and his hut.

3. What does Thetis promise to do at the start of book 19?

  • Prevent Patroclus' body from rotting whilst Achilles is in battle.
  • Convince Aphrodite to return Helen whilst Achilles is in battle.
  • Protect the Achaean camp whilst Achilles is in battle.
  • Ask Zeus to resurrect Patroclus whilst Achilles is in battle.

4. Why does Briseis mourn for Patroclus?

  • He had rescued her from an abusive relationship in her homeland.
  • He was kind to her when she was first taken from her homeland.
  • He had saved her from the hands of the Trojans in a previous battle.
  • He was the man that brought her to Achilles in the first place.

5. Why does Zeus decide to send Athene to Achilles in this book?

  • He is moved by Achilles' refusal to eat.
  • He wants her to convince him not to go to battle.
  • He wants her to give him a message from Thetis.
  • He wants her to give him a protective breastplate.


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