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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. Why does Palinurus fall overboard?

2. How does Dido's ghost react to seeing Aeneas?

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

4. What sign does Aeneas see during the ritual for his father?

5. At the beginning of Book V, why is the city behind Aeneas' departing ships bright?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why should Aeneas not have tried to found a city in Thrace?

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

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

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

6. What are some instances where Aeneas betrays a hastiness in temperament in Book 2?

7. How does Priam compare and contrast Achilles and Pyrrhus?

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

9. What does Jupiter predict will be the destiny of the Trojans?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the purpose of Aeneas' trip to the underworld in The Aeneid? What happens while he is there and what does he learn? How might it have changed the story had he not traveled through this land?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

How much of Turnus' fate at the end of The Aeneid is due to fate, and how much is it due to fortune? As you answer, consider and discuss the following points:

1) What effect did Jupiter have on the outcome of the fight and why?

2) How might things have turned out differently if Turnus had not taken plunder from Pallas?

3) What has Jupiter said all along about the interworkings of fate and fortune and the time allotted each man to live?

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