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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 Sinon say will happen if the Trojans violate the wooden horse?

2. How does Aeneas transport Anchises out of Troy?

3. How does Dido know that Aeneas plans to leave?

4. Which of the following is NOT an effect of Dido's love for Aeneas?

5. What does Aeneas ask the gods through the Sibyl?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Aeneas feel about having to leave Dido and to what extent does he allow his feelings to influence his decision to leave her?

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

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

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

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

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

7. Why is Juno so angry with the Trojans?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

In Book XII, in one of many references to a place that had been built or civilized by the time he was writing but had not yet been constructed in the past, Virgil says that Juno was "gazing from the height we now call Alban--nameless then, it had no fame or glory." Use this and other examples of Virgil's mentioning past and present places to compare Rome at its birth in this work with the Roman Empire of Virgil's time. Address questions such as in what ways have the places changed, have they changed for the better, and what sorts of places are they that he bothers to mention?

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