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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why did Dido's people take on a peaceful mood toward Aeneas' people?
(a) They were well known for always welcoming new people.
(b) They were visited by Mercury.
(c) Queen Dido commanded them to welcome all new visitors.
(d) They had heard great things about the Trojans from the Greeks.

2. What does Anchises pray to the gods for?
(a) To take revenge on the Greeks for sacking Troy.
(b) To punish Aeneas for not protecting the city better.
(c) For the strength to stand up and run.
(d) To keep his grandson Iulus safe.

3. What happens to everything the Harpies touch?
(a) It becomes covered in filth.
(b) It becomes theirs forever.
(c) It disappears.
(d) It turns to gold.

4. Which of the following does the Sibyl NOT predict awaits Aeneas where he is going?
(a) Vicious wars.
(b) Continued harassment from Juno.
(c) The death of Ascanius.
(d) Marriage with a foreign bride.

5. Why did Misenus meet an early death?
(a) He went looking for Palinurus under the water and drowned too.
(b) He pretended he could make music as well as the gods and Triton drowned him.
(c) He looked straight into the Sibyl's eyes.
(d) He ate the fruit of the golden bough.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Anchises act when Aeneas first comes to help him escape?

2. What does Aeneas ask the gods through the Sibyl?

3. Who sends Iris to talk to the mourning Trojan women?

4. What does Aeneas promise to do if the gods grant his wish?

5. Why does Palinurus fall overboard?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the problem with Aeneas remaining in Carthage?

2. Describe the "marriage" between Dido and Aeneas.

3. How does Aeneas fare as a leader in Book III? Support your answer with examples from the text.

4. What ties Aeneas and his people to the land to which they are headed to settle?

5. What sorts of souls live under Cretan Rhadamanthus' rule?

6. How does Aeneas make sure that people notice his son Iulus?

7. Describe the Harpies.

8. Describe the Sibyl.

9. Which gods and goddesses are actually involved in the fall of Troy and what actions do they take?

10. Explain how Deïphobus died and why his body is mutilated.

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