Great Books II  

Spring 2020

  Reading Questions  

January 23




Focusing on V-XI

NOTE: Read one Canto per day, aloud.


  1. How does Minos symbolize hell?
  2. Explicate each of the sins and punishments of incontinence: lust, gluttony, prodigality/miserliness, wrath, sloth
  3. What is at the core of the weight shared by the misers and prodigals?
  4. What is the common problem/issue shared by the wrathful and slothful?
  5. Why are these pairs (m/p & w/s) adjacent to one another in the fourth circle?
  6. Are we to pity sinners?
  7. Why is violence worse than incontinence?