Dante's Inferno Overview Quiz

Most of our modern conceptions of Hell come from the thirteenth century Italian poet and author of The Inferno, Dante Alighieri. But how much do you really know about Dante's journey with Virgil through the nine circles of Hell? Take the quiz from eNotes over this canonical work and find out!

  1. How many circles of Hell are there?

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  2. What does Virgil say is causing his pallor as he and Dante gaze into the pit?

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  3. Which of the following animals does NOT impede Dante's progress as he climbs the mountain?

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  4. On what holy day does the journey begin?

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  5. How does Virgil quiet Cerberus, the three-headed dog?

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  6. Who decides to which level of hell sinners will spend eternity?

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  7. Who will serve as Dante’s guide through Hell?

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  8. What is the name of Dante’s beloved, who now lives in Heaven?

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  9. Who are the first sinners Dante and Virgil encounter?

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  10. Whose head does Lucifer chew on, leaving him unable to speak to Dante?

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