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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 calms the ocean so Aeneas and his men can make it safely to land?

2. Why does Venus at first think Juno's idea to have Dido and Aeneas marry and rule Carthage side by side is a bad one?

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

4. For whom does Aeneas return to Troy to search?

5. What does the fake Iulus make Dido forget?

Short Essay Questions

1. What reversals of fate has Helenus faced?

2. How has King Latinus' method of dealing with the war changed since Book VII?

3. How might Turnus be turning into a mini-Achilles (as predicted) in Book IX?

4. How does Anchises explain the process by which souls become reborn?

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

6. Describe the Harpies.

7. What does Evander tell Aeneas about Latin history?

8. Once Aeneas is definitely leaving, what disagreeable options lay before Dido that make death seem the best choice?

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

10. What arguments does Sacës use to persuade Turnus to return to the fight?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

How are the gods and goddesses similar to and different from the human characters? Are they more moral? Wiser? More powerful? Address these questions as part of an essay on what kind of "people" the divine characters are.

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

What role do the Muses play in the telling of this tale? When and why does Virgil call upon them? Upon which particular Muses does he rely?

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