Dante's Inferno Canto 17: Summary & Quotes


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Ring Three of the Seventh Circle of Hell in Dante's Inferno is reserved for those guilty of usury. Today, we define usury as the practice of charging excessive interest on a loan. What was the definition of usury in the Middle Ages?

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1. In Canto Seventeen of Dante's Inferno, Virgil and Dante encounter the monster Geryon. Which of the following quotes does NOT describe Geryon's physical appearance?

2. In Canto Seventeen of Dante's Inferno, which of the following occurs immediately after Virgil and Dante encounter the monster Geryon?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This worksheet/quiz combo will bring to light what you know about Canto 17 of Dante's Inferno. Topics include the concept of usury in the Middle Ages and Geryon's physical appearance.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The following points will be covered on the quiz/worksheet:

  • Something that happens after Virgil and Dante come across Geryon
  • A quote about the usurers in the chapter and how they act
  • Geryon's behavior during the flight to the next area of Hell

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehesion - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on Canto 17 of Dante's Inferno
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the meeting between Dante, Virgil and Geryon
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the flight Dante and Virgil take to the next area of Hell and the physical appearance of Geryon

Additional Learning

You can learn more about the chapter with the helpful lesson we've called Dante's Inferno Canto 17: Summary & Quotes. These key points will be considered:

  • Background of the chapter
  • Excerpt of a description about Geryon
  • Dante and Virgil coming across the 'doleful people'