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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. Whom does Jupiter send to talk to Aeneas?

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

3. Where does Anchises think the voice in the temple is telling them to go build their new city?

4. What omen does everyone witness when Acest√ęs is shooting arrows?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What are some ways the characters in Book 2 are affected by fate?

6. Why does Juno send Juturna to interfere with the war?

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

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

9. Who are the princes referred to in the book title, how do they die, and why might their deaths be particularly significant?

10. Describe the Sibyl.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

The Roman Emperor Augustus Caesar asked Virgil to write The Aeneid to celebrate his recent victory at the Battle of Actium, in which Augustus (then called Octavian) and his forces beat Mark Antony and the Egyptian ruler Cleopatra. This victory brought peace to the empire, and Octavian/Augustus worked thereafter to rule well. Looking at details in The Aeneid such as the subject matter depicted at the center of Aeneas' shield and all the references Virgil makes to the Rome of his time, discuss what purpose Virgil's work might have served at the time.

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