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 Sinon claim is the reason he was left behind?

2. Who leads Aeneas to the golden bough?

3. Who blinded Polyphemus?

4. What do the crowd of refugees expect from Aeneas?

5. Why did Misenus meet an early death?

Short Essay Questions

1. What qualities of a good queen/leader does Dido exemplify? Cite specific examples from the book in your answer.

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

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

4. Why might the Trojan women have been tempted to set fire to the ships even without Juno and Iris befuddling them?

5. Compare and contrast the Greeks with the Trojans in the affair of the wooden horse.

6. Why is Juno so angry with the Trojans?

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

8. Explain how Deïphobus died and why his body is mutilated.

9. What fate does Laocoön meet and why?

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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