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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. Who is sent by Juno to Turnus at the beginning of Book IX to tell him now is the time to attack the Trojans?
(a) Iris.
(b) Juno goes herself.
(c) Allecto.
(d) Neptune.

2. What betrays the presence of Euryalus to the enemy?
(a) The gleam of his helmet in the moonlight.
(b) The noise of the clanking of the booty he has taken from Turnus' camp.
(c) Allecto directing their attention to him.
(d) A snapping twig under his feet.

3. What pictures are shown on the shield Venus gives to Aeneas?
(a) Scenes of the gods and goddesses seated peacefully in Olympus.
(b) Maps of Latium.
(c) Scenes from the siege of Troy.
(d) The acts that will make his descendants famous.

4. Who appears to Aeneas in a dream to tell him where to find people willing to ally themselves with the Trojans against the Latins?
(a) Venus, to help her son.
(b) Anchises, to confirm for Aeneas that he is in the right place.
(c) Tiberinus, the river god of the Tiber.
(d) Allecto, who hopes to lead him astray.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following is NOT one of the examples that Venus lists of ways that Juno ignored Jupiter's will and tried to form new destinies for men?

2. How is Turnus spurred to make war on both King Latinus and the Trojans?

3. What does Venus use to convince her husband Vulcan to make armor for Aeneas?

4. What do Nisus and Euryalus do as they move through Turnus' camp?

5. Who fills Tarchon with anger so that he will fight and lead his warriors better?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What does Evander tell Aeneas about Latin history?

3. Did Nisus and Euryalus act wisely when attempting to carry out their mission? Why or why not?

4. What arguments does Sacës use to persuade Turnus to return to the fight?

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

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

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

8. Who are the princes referred to in the book title, how do they die, and why might their deaths be particularly significant?

9. What is the difference between what Arruns prays for and what he actually receives?

10. 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?

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