The Aeneid Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What happens every time Aeneas tries to tear a branch from a tree in Thrace to construct a roof for the altar of his new colony?

3. What kind of countryman is Achaemenidës?

4. When Dido sees Aeneas' men readying their ships to sail, for what does she plead?

5. What does Jupiter predict awaits Aeneas in Italy?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Jupiter predict will be the destiny of the Trojans?

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

4. Describe the state of construction in Carthage in Book 1.

5. How does talking to Anchises prepare Aeneas to go build a new city for the Trojans in Italy?

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

7. What message does Anchises give Aeneas in a dream?

8. What fate does Laocoön meet and why?

9. What instances in Book V reveal how the Trojans feel about burying their dead?

10. What qualities of a good queen/leader does Dido exemplify? Cite specific examples from the book in your answer.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How well do you think Aeneas would have been able to fulfill his fate without the help of gods and goddesses? As you answer, take into account the actions of divine beings working against him. If there had been no divine interaction on either side, what might have been the final outcome and why?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the actions of Juno and Venus throughout the story. For what reasons do these two goddesses become entangled in the affairs of humans? At what points do they cross the line and become too involved? At what points does Jupiter intervene and tell them to stop? What techniques and strategies do they use to change the outcomes of events in the world below?

Essay Topic 3

Virgil uses foreshadowing for reasons such as to introduce events he will discuss in greater detail later, to create suspense, and to kindle his audience's interest so they will continue to listen to the story. Identify three examples of foreshadowing in this work, explain how they work, and identify what Virgil's purpose might have been for using them.

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