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

2. On what do the gods take oaths that they fear to break?

3. When Aeneas and the Trojans land in Sicily at the beginning of Book V, a year has passed since which important event?

4. What does Aeneas think when he spots Helen while Troy is being destroyed all around them?

5. Who is the deity in charge of marriage?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. Why is Juno so angry with the Trojans?

5. Why are Dido's suitors so angry when she takes up with Aeneas?

6. What message does Anchises give Aeneas in a dream?

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

8. What false portent does Juturna send the Rutulians and how do they interpret it?

9. What sorts of souls live under Cretan Rhadamanthus' rule?

10. What fate does Laocoön meet and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

One of the main characteristics of epic poems such as The Aeneid (and The Iliad and The Odyssey) is that the poem starts "in medias res," or in the middle of the action. The narrative then reveals information about what came before through various means, such as characters telling tales of the past or the narrator providing background. Discuss how this work begins in the middle, what information the reader is eventually given about what happened before, how this information is provided, and what effect this structure has on the experience of reading the poem.

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