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 does Dido send to plead with Aeneas?

2. What do the crowd of refugees expect from Aeneas?

3. What atrocity does Pyrrhus commit in front of Priam?

4. Who will bury Palinurus' body?

5. Which of the following is NOT a reason why Anna thinks Dido should make a match with Aeneas?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Aeneas demonstrate skill as a leader after the Trojans finally make it to shore?

2. How will Aeneas start the line that turns into the rulers of the Roman Empire?

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

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

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

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

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

8. Describe the Sibyl.

9. Describe the "marriage" between Dido and Aeneas.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the role of signs, portents, omens, prophesies, and so forth in The Aeneid. What are some forms these signs take? Who sends them, if anyone? Can false signs be sent, and if so, for what purpose? How do people fare when they interpret signs correctly and follow them? How do they fare when they try to act against them?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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