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. Who blinded Polyphemus?

2. Which of the following is not an excuse Aeneas offers to Dido for why he must leave her?

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

4. When Dido sees Aeneas' men readying their ships to sail, for what does she plead?

5. How does Anchises act when Aeneas first comes to help him escape?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the problem with Aeneas remaining in Carthage?

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

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

4. What fate does Laocoön meet and why?

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

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

7. Why is Juno so angry with the Trojans?

8. Which gods and goddesses are actually involved in the fall of Troy and what actions do they take?

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

10. What reversals of fate has Helenus faced?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Virgil uses foreshadowing for reasons such as to introduce events he will discuss in greater detail later, to create suspense, and to kindle his audience's interest so they will continue to listen to the story. Identify three examples of foreshadowing in this work, explain how they work, and identify what Virgil's purpose might have been for using them.

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

Ultimately, how do you think Fate and Fortune work in the lives of any and all of the characters in The Aeneid? Use examples from the text to discuss issues such as:

1) How predetermined is fate and can it be changed? If so, by whom?

2) How are good or bad fortunes won?

3) How free or constrained are the gods and goddesses to act with or against fated outcomes?

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