Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz 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?
The Aeneid is full of examples of images that pop up over and over again. Select one of the following and trace and evaluate examples of its use throughout the work:
1) thunderbolts and lightning
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?
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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