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

2. 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 must let the fire burn out on its own.
(c) He calls on Aeolus to blow the fire out.
(d) He asks Neptune to cover the ships with tall waves.

3. What happens when souls are destined to be reborn in a second body?
(a) They must sneak past Charon.
(b) They must craft new bodies for themselves.
(c) They must petition the kind of the underworld to be reborn.
(d) They must drink from the water of Lethe to forget their memories.

4. For whom does Aeneas return to Troy to search?
(a) His dead king Priam's body.
(b) His mother, Venus.
(c) His wife, Creusa.
(d) His sworn enemy, Sinon.

5. Who will not be a descendant of Aeneas' line?
(a) Ilia.
(b) Mars.
(c) Remus.
(d) Romulus.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Aeneas see depicted on the walls of the temple that the people of Carthage are building?

2. Why does Juno say Venus has made Dido fall in love with Aeneas?

3. How does Cloanthus win the boat race during the funeral games?

4. What does Dido tell Aeneas she will do after he leaves?

5. What tale does Dido want Aeneas to tell?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Aeneas demonstrate skill as a leader after the Trojans finally make it to shore?

2. What does Dido ask her people to do and what does she personally vow to do before she committed suicide?

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

4. Where does Helenus say destiny and change come from?

5. Once Aeneas is definitely leaving, what disagreeable options lay before Dido that make death seem the best choice?

6. Why are Dido's suitors so angry when she takes up with Aeneas?

7. Why might the Trojan women have been tempted to set fire to the ships even without Juno and Iris befuddling them?

8. Describe how Venus acts as a mother toward Aeneas.

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

10. Compare and contrast the Greeks with the Trojans in the affair of the wooden horse.

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