Fate in The Iliad


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In the Iliad, Zeus uses _____ to give the Trojans an advantage in battle.

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1. In the Iliad, the gods understand it could be dangerous to alter fate because it could lead to _____

2. In the Iliad, who counsels Zeus to let his son's death happen as it is fated to?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Fate plays an important, if complicated, role in the Iliad. This worksheet and quiz will test you on what Zeus uses to help the Trojans, why the gods feel that altering fate is dangerous, and the significance of people like Calchas.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Quiz questions include:

  • Who Calchas is and what he does
  • What Achilles decides to do concerning his two fates
  • Who advises Zeus not to prevent his son's fated death

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of the role of fate in the Iliad to explain Calchas' function
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and correctly interpret information about why the gods are reluctant to take actions that could interfere with fate
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the tool Zeus uses to give the Trojans the upper hand in a battle

Additional Learning

Study the lesson titled Fate in the Iliad if you would like to find out more. Upon completion, you should be able to:

  • Describe the interaction between fate and free will
  • Name the warrior who goes on a killing spree
  • Discuss the meaning of the following quotation by Hector: ''No one escapes his fate…from the moment of his birth.''