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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. Why do the Trojan women set fire to the Trojan ships in Book V?

2. Which of the following is not an effect that Dido says has been caused by her love affair with Aeneas?

3. Why did Dido's people take on a peaceful mood toward Aeneas' people?

4. What does Aeneas ask the gods through the Sibyl?

5. Where do malefactors live in the underworld?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why is Juno so angry with the Trojans?

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

7. How does Priam compare and contrast Achilles and Pyrrhus?

8. Describe how Venus acts as a mother toward Aeneas.

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

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

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

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

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.

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