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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

Compare and contrast Latinus as a leader with Aeneas as a leader, taking into account what characteristics a leader should possess and examining each man's actions as a leader at different times in the story.

Essay Topic 2

How much of Turnus' fate at the end of The Aeneid is due to fate, and how much is it due to fortune? As you answer, consider and discuss the following points:

1) What effect did Jupiter have on the outcome of the fight and why?

2) How might things have turned out differently if Turnus had not taken plunder from Pallas?

3) What has Jupiter said all along about the interworkings of fate and fortune and the time allotted each man to live?

Essay Topic 3

The Roman Emperor Augustus Caesar asked Virgil to write The Aeneid to celebrate his recent victory at the Battle of Actium, in which Augustus (then called Octavian) and his forces beat Mark Antony and the Egyptian ruler Cleopatra. This victory brought peace to the empire, and Octavian/Augustus worked thereafter to rule well. Looking at details in The Aeneid such as the subject matter depicted at the center of Aeneas' shield and all the references Virgil makes to the Rome of his time, discuss what purpose Virgil's work might have served at the time.

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