Dante's Inferno Canto 33 Questions and Answers

Dante Alighieri

Canto 33 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. Why does the sinner speak to explain his ugly feast?

2. Which of the shades is Count Ugolino?

3. What is the occupation of the shade who is being eaten?

4. How had Count Ugolino died?

5. What relation to Count Ugolino were the four who died, according to the canto?

6. What is the day when Dante visits the lowest area of Hell?

7. What promise does Dante fail to keep?

8. What was the dreadful den in which Ugolino died?

9. What is the name given the dreadful den after Ugolino was found?

10. Who was Anselm?

Answers
1. The sinner tells his story to shame the one who had sinned against him.

2. Count Ugolino is the shade who was feasting on the head of the other.

3. The shade who was being eaten was an archbishop.

4. Count Ugolino had died of famine.

5. The four who died with Count Ugolino were his sons, according to the canto.

6. The day on which Dante visits the lowest realms of Hell is Saturday.

7. Dante refuses to open the eyes of the shade.

8. Ugolino’s dreadful den is a tower.

9. The dreadful tower, or den, is called the Tower of Famine after Count Ugolino and his sons were found dead.

10. Anselm was the youngest son of Count Ugolino in the canto; in life he was the grandson.