Great Books II   Spring 2020

  Reading Questions  

February 20




Dante Purgatorio

Focus on Cantos III-V



Book II

  1. Read the Catechism entries about hell and purgatory.
  2. What final thoughts do you have about sin and punishment?
  3. Why is there antepurgatory?

Bring a good question on each of the following topics:

  • Dante's evolving state of mind

  • AntePurgatory

  • Parallel/Dissimilar aspects of Inferno & Purgatory





  1. How does Fortune work?
  2. What are the laws of Fortune? of free will?
  3. Is Fortune "just"?
  4. Is tragedy part of Fortune?
  5. How are we to be happy?
  6. What does it mean to "possess" something?