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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. Evander, unaware, is the founder of which of the following?
(a) Rome's great citadel.
(b) The first military school in Italy.
(c) The sacred wood of Argiletum.
(d) The Lupercal grotto.

2. How does Nisus die?
(a) He is ripped apart while Volcens' men are retrieving the booty he stole from the Rutulian camp.
(b) He is killed by Volcens' men while killing Volcens for killing Euryalus.
(c) He is struck down by Jupiter.
(d) He is attacked by the Furies.

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

4. Who laments that only the head of Euryalus is brought back (on a spear) by the Rutulians?
(a) Euryalus' mother.
(b) Iulus.
(c) Aeneas.
(d) Euryalus' sister.

5. What does Virgil do to prepare to talk about the warfare between the Trojans and the Rutulians?
(a) Chastizes Allecto for helping Juno start this war.
(b) Calls on the Muse Calliope for help.
(c) Blames Juno for the upcoming bloodshed.
(d) Provides the reader with information about the ancestries of the major warriors.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did the god Saturn give the first people in Latinum to start their civilization?

2. What mission do Nisus and Euryalus take on?

3. What does Aeneas say is the only reason he came to Italy?

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

5. What does Venus claim the Trojans would have been better off doing after Troy was destroyed by the Greeks?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Latinus' actions once he sees his people fighting with the Trojans.

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

3. 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?

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

5. 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?

6. How does Jupiter become involved with the war in Book XI, and does this seem fair after he said before in Book X about being the same king to both Trojans and Rutulians?

7. Examine the advice and prophecy that Faunus gives his son Latinus. Rewrite in your own words what he is saying.

8. What transition occurs around lines 46-47 in Book VII and how does Virgil handle this shift?

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

10. How does Venus use references to the Trojan War when meeting with Jupiter at the beginning of Book X?

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