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. What does Aeneas promise to do if the gods grant his wish?

2. Why has Dido turned her face against remarriage?

3. How does Darës get Entellus to fall during their boxing match?

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

5. What does Ilioneus ask of Dido?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe the Harpies.

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

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

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

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

9. How does talking to Anchises prepare Aeneas to go build a new city for the Trojans in Italy?

10. What is the problem with Aeneas remaining in Carthage?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose two of the following and compare and contrast their subject matter and what the information they depict conveys to someone examining them:

1) the pictures on the walls of the temple of Juno in Carthage in Book I

2) the pictures on the cloak Aeneas gives Cloanthus as a prize in Book V

3) the sculptures Daedalus created inside the temple of Apollo by the Sibyl in Book VI

4) the pictures on Aeneas's shield in Book VIII

5) the pictures on Pallas's sword belt in Book X.

Essay Topic 2

Compare the information about the future depicted on the shield of Aeneas with the information about the future told to Aeneas when he travels to the underworld to see Anchises. How are the depictions alike? How are they different? What might these similarities and differences signify?

Essay Topic 3

Similes and other detailed descriptions help the reader picture and understand things about the settings, characters, and events of this work. Identify an example of a simile being used to describe each of these three things and explain how it is used, what effect it has, and why Virgil might have used that particular simile in that particular place.

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