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 Palinurus' ghost ask Aeneas to do when he returns to the world?

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

3. Whom does Jupiter send to talk to Aeneas?

4. What omen does everyone witness when Acest√ęs is shooting arrows?

5. Who calms the ocean so Aeneas and his men can make it safely to land?

Short Essay Questions

1. What instances in Book V reveal how the Trojans feel about burying their dead?

2. Describe the Sibyl.

3. Did Nisus and Euryalus act wisely when attempting to carry out their mission? Why or why not?

4. What does Evander tell Aeneas about Latin history?

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

6. What reversals of fate has Helenus faced?

7. What might Evander mean when he says that it isn't empty-headed superstition that leads them to celebrate?

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

9. How does Aeneas feel about having to leave Dido and to what extent does he allow his feelings to influence his decision to leave her?

10. What are some actions that demonstrate the strong friendship between Nisus and Euryalus?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

A bildingsroman is a work of art that tells of the development of a character, perhaps telling how the character matures or grows capable of taking on a duty as the process of a journey or a series of trials. Explain why The Aeneid is or is not a bildingsroman by examining how Aeneas does or does not develop over the course of it. Examine issues such as:

1) his capacity as a leader

2) his control over his emotions and temper

3) the wiseness of his judgement

4) his treatment of others.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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