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'Troy' : Homer vs Peterson/Benioff Quiz


Troy, the modern blockbuster, was loosely based on events depicted in Homer's 'Iliad' and 'Odyssey'. Do you know the differences?

A multiple-choice quiz by Gimpess. Estimated time: 6 mins.
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Author
Gimpess
Time
6 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
198,037
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Tough
Avg Score
5 / 10
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1741
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Question 1 of 10
1. In the 'Iliad' the narrative begins in the tenth, and decisive, year of the war. In 'Troy' which of these is closest to the length of the Trojan war? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. In the 'Iliad' the heroes, both Achaean and Trojan, are aided by Gods and Goddesses. Many of the divine figures have children and favourites involved in the fighting. In 'Troy' what role do the Gods have? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. There is a famous saying about Helen's beauty, that is made visual by Peterson. He uses CG effects to show the massive armada navigating to Troy. The saying begins as follows, how does it end? "The face that ______________."

Answer: (Four Words)
Question 4 of 10
4. The number of characters in the 'Iliad' and 'Odyssey' are astounding and many of them have been transferred into 'Troy'. Upon watching 'Troy' I was pleased to see Hector's wife (played by Saffron Burrows) playing a part, but could not recall her name being mentioned. What name did Homer give to Hector's wife? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. The 'Iliad' begins with the prophecy of Calchas and the quarrel of Agamemnon and Achilles over prizes. 'Troy' begins with Agamemnon's invasion of which area of Greece? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. In 'Troy' Menelaus is killed by Hector after his duel with Paris. Which of these statements about Menelaus in the 'Iliad' is true? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. In 'Troy' Achilles' protégé, Patroklus, is killed by Hector as he leads Achilles' warriors into battle. In Homer's poem, which hero claims the life of this young warrior? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. 'Troy' has only one hero, while the 'Iliad' has two. Homer has two heroes who share the same name, while 'Troy' shows only one. In 'Troy' this giant of a man is killed by Hector. In Homer's poems one commits suicide and the other is impaled on a rock by Athena. What is the name of these characters? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. As 'Troy' comes to a close, we see Helen fleeing with Hector's wife. It is clear that she and Paris will continue their love affair. We discover what happened to Helen in Homer's 'Odyssey'. What was her fate? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. The film version sees Achilles shot by Paris, first through the ankle and then repeatedly in the torso. This event takes place during the storming of Troy. Which of these statements relate to Homer's 'Iliad'? Hint



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1. In the 'Iliad' the narrative begins in the tenth, and decisive, year of the war. In 'Troy' which of these is closest to the length of the Trojan war?

Answer: 10 Days

Homer begins his narrative in the tenth year of the war, and then works in allusions to past events. The benefit of this timeframe is that the weariness and discontent within the Achaean forces is more understandable. Wolfgang Peterson's film is much shorter, consisting of a few days fighting and the false withdrawal.

This method moves the plot along much more swiftly, essential for a modern blockbuster. In total 'Troy' takes around 16 days (including the 12 set aside for hector's funeral).
2. In the 'Iliad' the heroes, both Achaean and Trojan, are aided by Gods and Goddesses. Many of the divine figures have children and favourites involved in the fighting. In 'Troy' what role do the Gods have?

Answer: They are there only as objects of worship.

Homer uses the support of the Gods to demonstrate the superiority of certain people. Throughout his poem his heroes receive aid at moments of victory and are abandoned in the moments of their defeat or failure. 'Troy' has the gods only in a very peripheral role.

The temple of Apollo is sacked by the rampaging Myrmidons, and he is seen as the protector of Troy. The gods do not however enter the action.
3. There is a famous saying about Helen's beauty, that is made visual by Peterson. He uses CG effects to show the massive armada navigating to Troy. The saying begins as follows, how does it end? "The face that ______________."

Answer: Launched a thousand ships

It is interesting to note that Helen is never physically described by Homer. She is supposed to be the greatest beauty and the most attractive woman ever to grace the world. His descriptions of Helen are regarding her actions and mindset, not her physical attributes. Played in 'Troy' by Diane Kruger, Helen is said to have "the face that launched a thousand ships".
4. The number of characters in the 'Iliad' and 'Odyssey' are astounding and many of them have been transferred into 'Troy'. Upon watching 'Troy' I was pleased to see Hector's wife (played by Saffron Burrows) playing a part, but could not recall her name being mentioned. What name did Homer give to Hector's wife?

Answer: Andromache

War is the domain of men, but Homer has a large number of women in his poem. Aside from the Goddess' there are a number of strong women. Andromache, wife of Hector, is a constant pillar of strength in the 'Iliad'. She is a dutiful wife and mother, supporting her husband in his decisions and displaying the characteristics that a proper wife (of that time) should.

Her devotion is in direct contrast to Helen's abandonment of her husband and lack of correct behaviour.
5. The 'Iliad' begins with the prophecy of Calchas and the quarrel of Agamemnon and Achilles over prizes. 'Troy' begins with Agamemnon's invasion of which area of Greece?

Answer: Thessaly

Homer sets the scene for his epic with a council of the leading kings of Greece. He shows them warring in the council chambers, showing that a strong sword arm had to be tempered with a keen mind. Peterson opts for a more visually stunning episode, the invasion of Thessaly by Agamemnon's army.
6. In 'Troy' Menelaus is killed by Hector after his duel with Paris. Which of these statements about Menelaus in the 'Iliad' is true?

Answer: Menelaus is shot by Pandarus, ending the duel.

The duel between Menelaus and Paris is designed to resolve the war and bring an end to the conflict. It is clear in both the film and the 'Iliad' that Paris is going to get beaten, badly. The film and the poem show this, but then show different versions of the outcome.

In 'Troy' Hector kills Menelaus, in the 'Iliad' Pandarus shoots Menelaus with an arrow before he can deliver the final blow to Paris. The wounded king is brought back to the Achaean camp and patched up before resuming his slaughter of Trojans.
7. In 'Troy' Achilles' protégé, Patroklus, is killed by Hector as he leads Achilles' warriors into battle. In Homer's poem, which hero claims the life of this young warrior?

Answer: Hector

The death of Patroklus is the event which brings the sulking Achilles back into the fighting. Both the film and the original poem retain this event. In the poem Patroklus attempts to climb the walls of the city and is hurled back by Apollo before falling under Hector's blade. In 'Troy' the battle occurs at the beach, but the hero who claims Patroklus' life is unchanged.
8. 'Troy' has only one hero, while the 'Iliad' has two. Homer has two heroes who share the same name, while 'Troy' shows only one. In 'Troy' this giant of a man is killed by Hector. In Homer's poems one commits suicide and the other is impaled on a rock by Athena. What is the name of these characters?

Answer: Ajax

In 'Troy' only Ajax the greater appears. It is he who tries to crush Hector with a huge hammer, towards the beginning of the film. In Homer's tales Ajax the greater is a stalwart of the Achaean forces and his death by suicide becomes apparent in the 'Odyssey'.

He is dismayed at losing a wrestling match against Odysseus during the funeral games of Achilles and, unable to live with the shame, ends his life. Ajax the lesser is a slight man and a thoroughly un-likable character, his death follows his desecration of a temple and the raping of a priestess on the altar.
9. As 'Troy' comes to a close, we see Helen fleeing with Hector's wife. It is clear that she and Paris will continue their love affair. We discover what happened to Helen in Homer's 'Odyssey'. What was her fate?

Answer: She returned to Sparta with Menelaus.

In the 'Iliad' Helen plays a very small role, she identifies the main Achaean heroes from the wall and describes them for Priam (and the listener). Her other activities are restricted to the bedroom. She is very much seen as an object to be owned and not a person.

In the 'Odyssey' she is described as trying to trick the Achaeans out of their horse by mimicking the voices of their wives. This ploy is unsuccessful and she is claimed by Menelaus following the sack of Troy and returns home to Sparta with him.
10. The film version sees Achilles shot by Paris, first through the ankle and then repeatedly in the torso. This event takes place during the storming of Troy. Which of these statements relate to Homer's 'Iliad'?

Answer: Achilles does not die.

The 'Iliad' does not contain the full account of the Trojan War. It begins in the tenth year and ends with Hector's death and the return of his body to Priam. Achilles' death is clearly foretold throughout the poem. His choice to fight (and kill) Hector will result in his death, and he knows it.

The circumstances of his death are not told in the 'Iliad' but he will die from an arrow shot by Paris (with the aid of Apollo) before the walls of Troy. It is only after his death that Achaeans build the horse and sack Troy.
Source: Author Gimpess

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