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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. For what purpose does Virgil invoke Erato, the Muse of Desire?
(a) To help him describe the goddess Circe.
(b) To help him talk about how Aeneas still mourned for Dido.
(c) To help him retell the history of the early kings of Latium.
(d) To help him woo the goddess Venus.

2. What favor does Aeneas generously grant the Latin petition?
(a) He will return their dead for proper burial.
(b) He will pray to Jupiter and the gods on their behalf.
(c) He will speak to Turnus about ending the conflict.
(d) He will return Mezentius' weapons and armor.

3. Why do the Trojans and the Latins call a twelve-day truce?
(a) Because a plague has broken out on both sides.
(b) So they can bury their dead properly.
(c) Because the gods demand it.
(d) So they can prepare for the wedding of Lavinia and Aeneas.

4. What does Aeneas promise to the Italians if he wins his fight with Turnus?
(a) He will make the Italians the slaves of the Trojans.
(b) Having proven his point that he is the greatest, he will leave and found his city elsewhere.
(c) He will not subjugate the Italians, but rather both kingdoms will unite and live as equals.
(d) He will let them continue to rule while the Trojans submit to everything they say.

5. To whom is Camilla compared to as she fights?
(a) Circe.
(b) A Fury.
(c) An Amazon.
(d) A Harpy.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the soothsayer say it means when bees cluster together and weigh down the branch of King Latinus' laurel tree?

2. How is Queen Amata turned thoroughly against the idea of Aeneas marrying her daughter Lavinia?

3. What does Dranc√ęs call on Turnus to do?

4. Who is Aeneas mourning at the beginning of Book XI?

5. What betrays the presence of Euryalus to the enemy?

Short Essay Questions

1. What suggestions are given in this book as to how the conflict can be resolved?

2. What false portent does Juturna send the Rutulians and how do they interpret it?

3. Why is it significant that in Latinum, Aeneas and some of his followers eat the wheaten cakes they were using as plates for their meal?

4. Why would Aeneas' shield be covered with the deeds of his descendants?

5. What does Jupiter mean when he says that to everyone (Trojan or Rutulian), he is the same king?

6. What does Evander tell Aeneas about Latin history?

7. What might Evander mean when he says that it isn't empty-headed superstition that leads them to celebrate?

8. Why does Juno send Juturna to interfere with the war?

9. What does Evander mean when he tells Aeneas that Aeneas must have the courage to shape himself to fit through the low doorway into Evander's humble home, besides the literal fact that Aeneas is too tall to walk through the doorway without stooping a bit?

10. What does the use of Iris as a messenger at the end of Book IX tell the reader about the balance of power between the gods?

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