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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. What meaning does Anchises say the portent of four white horses can have?

2. How does Aeneas know Antheus, Sergestus, Cloanthus, and Ilioneus?

3. Which of the following does the Sibyl NOT predict awaits Aeneas where he is going?

4. What is remarkable about the boxing gloves of Eryx?

5. What is the job of the Sibyl?

Short Essay Questions

1. What fate does Laocoön meet and why?

2. What can you tell about how Aeneas is growing as a leader from his behavior at the funeral games?

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

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

5. Why should Aeneas not have tried to found a city in Thrace?

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

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

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

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

10. How does Aeneas feel about having to leave Dido and to what extent does he allow his feelings to influence his decision to leave her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A bildingsroman is a work of art that tells of the development of a character, perhaps telling how the character matures or grows capable of taking on a duty as the process of a journey or a series of trials. Explain why The Aeneid is or is not a bildingsroman by examining how Aeneas does or does not develop over the course of it. Examine issues such as:

1) his capacity as a leader

2) his control over his emotions and temper

3) the wiseness of his judgement

4) his treatment of others.

Essay Topic 2

Aeneas and Turnus are, respectively, the protagonist and antagonist of the story. Compare and contrast these two characters using examples from the text to identify ways their actions and fates parallel each other and ways they are alike or different in their personalities and beliefs.

Essay Topic 3

In Book XII, in one of many references to a place that had been built or civilized by the time he was writing but had not yet been constructed in the past, Virgil says that Juno was "gazing from the height we now call Alban--nameless then, it had no fame or glory." Use this and other examples of Virgil's mentioning past and present places to compare Rome at its birth in this work with the Roman Empire of Virgil's time. Address questions such as in what ways have the places changed, have they changed for the better, and what sorts of places are they that he bothers to mention?

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