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. Which of the following must Aeneas do to enter the underworld?

2. Where do malefactors live in the underworld?

3. What does Anchises show Aeneas in the underworld?

4. What happens when souls are destined to be reborn in a second body?

5. Which of the following is NOT a reason why Anna thinks Dido should make a match with Aeneas?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Aeneas fare as a leader in Book III? Support your answer with examples from the text.

3. Why is Juno so angry with the Trojans?

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

5. Describe the state of construction in Carthage in Book 1.

6. What reversals of fate has Helenus faced?

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

8. What fate does Laocoön meet and why?

9. What can you tell about how Aeneas is growing as a leader from his behavior at the funeral games?

10. Describe the Harpies.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Latinus as a leader with Aeneas as a leader, taking into account what characteristics a leader should possess and examining each man's actions as a leader at different times in the story.

Essay Topic 2

How well do you think Aeneas would have been able to fulfill his fate without the help of gods and goddesses? As you answer, take into account the actions of divine beings working against him. If there had been no divine interaction on either side, what might have been the final outcome and why?

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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