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

2. Why does Venus at first think Juno's idea to have Dido and Aeneas marry and rule Carthage side by side is a bad one?

3. What is Coroebus' idea for how he, Aeneas, and their companions can pass to safety?

4. For whom does Aeneas return to Troy to search?

5. What does the fake Iulus make Dido forget?

Short Essay Questions

1. What reversals of fate has Helenus faced?

2. How has King Latinus' method of dealing with the war changed since Book VII?

3. How might Turnus be turning into a mini-Achilles (as predicted) in Book IX?

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

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

6. Describe the Harpies.

7. What does Evander tell Aeneas about Latin history?

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

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

10. What arguments does Sacës use to persuade Turnus to return to the fight?

Essay 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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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