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 Aeneas promise to do if the gods grant his wish?

2. What action does the goddess Rumor take after Dido and Aeneas begin to revel in each others' company?

3. What portent appears relating to Iulus?

4. What does Jupiter predict awaits Aeneas in Italy?

5. Who dies at the end of Book 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain how Deïphobus died and why his body is mutilated.

2. How does Aeneas fare as a leader in Book III? Support your answer with examples from the text.

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

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

5. Describe the state of construction in Carthage in Book 1.

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

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

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

9. What are Neptune's feelings toward Troy and toward Aeneas? How do these feelings affect Aeneas' journey on the sea?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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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