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. Who sends Iris to talk to the mourning Trojan women?

2. Who will not be a descendant of Aeneas' line?

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

4. What is Coroebus' idea for how he, Aeneas, and their companions can pass to safety?

5. How does Dido's ghost react to seeing Aeneas?

Short Essay Questions

1. Which gods and goddesses are actually involved in the fall of Troy and what actions do they take?

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

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

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

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

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

7. Describe the Sibyl.

8. Why might the Trojan women have been tempted to set fire to the ships even without Juno and Iris befuddling them?

9. Describe the Harpies.

10. What are some instances where Aeneas betrays a hastiness in temperament in Book 2?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How much of Turnus' fate at the end of The Aeneid is due to fate, and how much is it due to fortune? As you answer, consider and discuss the following points:

1) What effect did Jupiter have on the outcome of the fight and why?

2) How might things have turned out differently if Turnus had not taken plunder from Pallas?

3) What has Jupiter said all along about the interworkings of fate and fortune and the time allotted each man to live?

Essay Topic 2

The proper disposal of the dead is an important issue that runs throughout The Aeneid. Use examples from the work to explain how one should dispose of one's own dead and how one should allow one's enemy to dispose of their dead, and why.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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