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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

The proper disposal of the dead is an important issue that runs throughout The Aeneid. Use examples from the work to explain how one should dispose of one's own dead and how one should allow one's enemy to dispose of their dead, and why.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Aeneas and Turnus are, respectively, the protagonist and antagonist of the story. Compare and contrast these two characters using examples from the text to identify ways their actions and fates parallel each other and ways they are alike or different in their personalities and beliefs.

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