Week 8: Dante's Inferno

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Reading Quiz


The following is a list of statements which are either True or False. When you take the quiz, you will have 10 of these statements, chosen at random. You can take the quiz up to 5 times, and your average score will be recorded.

Apply the 80% RULE when you are taking quizzes for these classes. In other words: don't stress about trying to get 100% on these quizzes. The quizzes are here to make sure you are ready to go on to the next activity. If you get 80% or better, you are ready to proceed. If you get less than 80% you need to go back and do the reading again (read more slowly, take notes) and take the quiz again, aiming for at least 80%.

  1. T or F ? When Dante and Virgil finally met Satan, he laughed at them derisively.
  2. T or F ? Dante saw Ugolino gnawing on the head of Archbishop Ruggieri.
  3. T or F ? According to Dante, Ulysses set sail to the north pole and died in a shipwreck.
  4. T or F ? The witch Erichtho had compelled Virgil to enter the underworld on a previous occasion.
  5. T or F ? When Dante emerged from the underworld, he was able to see stars in the sky again.
  6. T or F ? The Harpies tormented the souls of the suicides.
  7. T or F ? Dante was terrified when they had to ride on Geryon's back.
  8. T or F ? Each soul in Limbo ascended to Paradise after a wait of exactly 2000 years.
  9. T or F ? Minos was the boatman who ferried the dead souls across the river Acheron.
  10. T or F ? Satan had three heads and wept from six eyes.
  11. T or F ? The Centaur Nessus was assigned to be a guide to Virgil and Dante.
  12. T or F ? When Christ made his journey into hell, he rescued all the souls from Limbo.
  13. T or F ? Geryon had the face of an honest man but he was a revolting monster from behind.
  14. T or F ? When Dante first saw the giants, he thought they were towers.
  15. T or F ? Dante met the ghosts of the great poets Ovid, Caesar, and Horace.
  16. T or F ? Nimrod spoke to Dante and Virgil in Latin.
  17. T or F ? Virgil was Dante's guide in the Inferno.
  18. T or F ? The hypocrites were imprisoned in narrow tombs filled with nettles and thorns.
  19. T or F ? Virgil used the golden bough to quiet the rabid barking of the guard-dog Cerberus.
  20. T or F ? The three-headed dog Cerberus gazed at Medusa and so he was turned into stone.
  21. T or F ? Ulysses was condemned to hell for his many extra-marital affairs.
  22. T or F ? The words on the gates to hell read: Forsake all hope, all you that enter here.
  23. T or F ? Ugolino was compelled to watch as his sons starved to death.
  24. T or F ? Paolo and Francesca's passions were stirred when they read the story of Aeneas and Dido.
  25. T or F ? The hero Jason was condemned to hell for the part he played in the Trojan War.

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