For this week, we will be reading the first eight cantos of Dante's Inferno.
- Consternation, n.
- Disconsolate, adj.
- Benedight, adj.
- Ululations, n.
- Vouchsafe, v.
- Dolorous, adj.
- Falchion, n.
- Begird, v.
- Castigate, v.
- Incarnadine, adj.
- Rapacious, adj.
- Morass, n.
- Sagacious, adj.
- Which three animals does Dante encounter in the first canto? Research what they could signify.
- Why does Dante choose Virgil to be his guide?
- What role does Beatrice play in Canto II?
- Why does Dante use mythological characters?
- Who inhabits Limbo (Canto IV)?
- According to Canto V, who decides where people go in Hell?
- What does Dante mean in Canto V when he writes, “How many pleasant thoughts, how much desire/Conducted these unto the dolorous pass”?(24)
- Who was Ciacco, and what sin condemned him to the third circle of Hell?
- According to Ciacco, where are the other famous men from Florence?
- In the fourth circle of hell, Dante encounters sinners condemned for their greed (“Avarice”). Whom does he discover there? What is their punishment?
- Who conducts Dante and Virgil across the Styx river?
- Who was Philippo Argenti, and what was his punishment?