Events of Book 16 - The Iliad

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1. Why doesn't Zeus save his son, Sarpedon, from being killed by Patroclus?

  • Aphrodite refuses to obey Zeus in the future if he decides to interfere with the life of a mortal.
  • Athene convinces him that it is time for the Achaeans to take the upper hand in battle.
  • Hera convinces him that other Gods will look down on him if he interferes with the mortals.
  • Hephaestus convinces him that Sarpedon's destiny dictates that he must die in this battle.
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2. How does Patroclus disobey Achilles' orders?

  • He doesn't wound Agamemnon and returns without Helen.
  • He pursues the Trojans right up to the city gates.
  • He kills too many Trojans without cause.
  • He kills Sarpedon but doesn't bring him back.

3. How does Apollo help in Patroclus' death?

  • He wounds him, making it easier for Hector to kill him.
  • He makes him drop his shield, making it easier for Trygaeus to kill him.
  • He stuns him, making it easier for Sarpedon to kill him.
  • He fills him with cowardice, making it easier for Paris to kill him.

4. Why does Zeus decide that Patroclus must die?

  • Patroclus killed Zeus' son, Sarpedon.
  • Patroclus wounded Zeus' daughter, Aphrodite.
  • Patroclus wounded Hector.
  • Patroclus disobeyed Achilles.

5. What does Homer reveal about the destiny of Patroclus in this book?

  • It will be either him or the ships that will return.
  • He will only return if Ilium falls.
  • Neither he or the ships will return.
  • Both he and the ships will return.


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