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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Palinurus' ghost ask Aeneas to do when he returns to the world?
(a) To find and bury his body.
(b) To avenge his death.
(c) To do anything to make Iulus a king.
(d) Never to let Achates helm the boat.

2. What do the crowd of refugees expect from Aeneas?
(a) They want him to lead them in a prayer of thanks for their escape.
(b) They want him to lead them by sea to new lands.
(c) They want him to apologize for letting Troy fall.
(d) They want him to train them in battle so they can fight the Danaans better.

3. Whom does Helenus say Aeneas should visit for advice?
(a) Scylla.
(b) Andromache.
(c) The sibyl of Cumae.
(d) Charybdis.

4. What happens every time Aeneas tries to tear a branch from a tree in Thrace to construct a roof for the altar of his new colony?
(a) Lightning flashes in the sky.
(b) Jupiter's voice thunders above.
(c) Fire surrounds his head.
(d) Blood flows from the plant.

5. How do the Danaans get inside the walls of Troy?
(a) While the Trojans are busy looking at the horse, the Danaans storm the front gates of Troy.
(b) The Trojans move the horse next to their walls and the soldiers use it as a ladder.
(c) The Trojans carry the horse inside and Sinon lets the soldiers inside it out.
(d) The Danaans are still unable to breach the walls of Troy.

6. How does Aeneas transport Anchises out of Troy?
(a) On his back.
(b) By pulling him along by the hand.
(c) In a wheeled cart.
(d) On a stretcher after the Danaans wound him.

7. How does Dido know that Aeneas plans to leave?
(a) Rumor tells her.
(b) Jupiter tells her.
(c) Aeneas tells her.
(d) Juno tells her.

8. Why has Dido turned her face against remarriage?
(a) She must wait until her sister Anna gets married first.
(b) She is pledged to Diana.
(c) She does not want any man taking over her kingdom.
(d) Her brother killed her last husband.

9. What curse does Celaeno lay on the Trojans?
(a) That they will be turned into Harpies as well.
(b) That they will be shipwrecked every time they try to set sail.
(c) That they will wander the sea forever without finding a new place to settle.
(d) That the Trojans will never build their new city until they have experienced famine.

10. How does Cloanthus win the boat race during the funeral games?
(a) He has Aeneas help him.
(b) His prayers convince the harbor god to help him.
(c) He constructs the best boat.
(d) He capsizes the boats of his opponents.

11. How does Aeneas put out the burning Trojan ships after the Trojan women set them on fire?
(a) He prays to Jupiter and a storm comes.
(b) He asks Neptune to cover the ships with tall waves.
(c) He calls on Aeolus to blow the fire out.
(d) He must let the fire burn out on its own.

12. What action does the goddess Rumor take after Dido and Aeneas begin to revel in each others' company?
(a) She tattles to Juno about what they have done.
(b) She tells the world of their love to encourage everyone to celebrate their union.
(c) She travels from country to country telling people that it isn't true that they are together.
(d) She spreads whispers and gossip to make Dido's other suitors angry and jealous.

13. What sign does Aeneas see during the ritual for his father?
(a) A flash of lightning.
(b) A snake.
(c) A tongue of fire.
(d) A cloud.

14. How does Dido kill herself?
(a) With a lion bite.
(b) With a sword.
(c) By drowning.
(d) With poison.

15. How does Darës get Entellus to fall during their boxing match?
(a) He ducks his punch and Entellus topples over.
(b) He knocks him out with one solid blow.
(c) Entellus makes Darës fall.
(d) He has the advantage of using heavier gloves.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Acestës welcome Aeneas and his followers?

2. Where do malefactors live in the underworld?

3. What tale does Dido want Aeneas to tell?

4. Why is Aeneas' appearance a surprise to Dido and the crowd?

5. What meaning does Anchises say the portent of four white horses can have?

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