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. What does Jupiter want from Aeneas?

2. Which of the following must Aeneas do to enter the underworld?

3. 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?

4. Who does Dido send to plead with Aeneas?

5. Who does Anchises predict will bring and Age of Gold to Latium?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the problem with Aeneas remaining in Carthage?

4. How does Priam compare and contrast Achilles and Pyrrhus?

5. Describe the Sibyl.

6. What fate does Laocoön meet and why?

7. Where does Helenus say destiny and change come from?

8. What are Neptune's feelings toward Troy and toward Aeneas? How do these feelings affect Aeneas' journey on the sea?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare the information about the future depicted on the shield of Aeneas with the information about the future told to Aeneas when he travels to the underworld to see Anchises. How are the depictions alike? How are they different? What might these similarities and differences signify?

Essay Topic 2

One of the main characteristics of epic poems such as The Aeneid (and The Iliad and The Odyssey) is that the poem starts "in medias res," or in the middle of the action. The narrative then reveals information about what came before through various means, such as characters telling tales of the past or the narrator providing background. Discuss how this work begins in the middle, what information the reader is eventually given about what happened before, how this information is provided, and what effect this structure has on the experience of reading the poem.

Essay Topic 3

Ultimately, how do you think Fate and Fortune work in the lives of any and all of the characters in The Aeneid? Use examples from the text to discuss issues such as:

1) How predetermined is fate and can it be changed? If so, by whom?

2) How are good or bad fortunes won?

3) How free or constrained are the gods and goddesses to act with or against fated outcomes?

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