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 is a figure from Greek and Roman mythology NOT depicted in the temple of Apollo?

2. What portent appears relating to Iulus?

3. What does Aeneas tell the ghost of Dido?

4. Whom does Helenus say Aeneas should visit for advice?

5. How does Darës get Entellus to fall during their boxing match?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What are some ways the characters in Book 2 are affected by fate?

4. What fate does Laocoön meet and why?

5. What ties Aeneas and his people to the land to which they are headed to settle?

6. Where does Helenus say destiny and change come from?

7. What does Dido ask her people to do and what does she personally vow to do before she committed suicide?

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

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

10. 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?

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

What role do the Muses play in the telling of this tale? When and why does Virgil call upon them? Upon which particular Muses does he rely?

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