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

2. Why does Juno say Venus has made Dido fall in love with Aeneas?

3. What does Dido tell Aeneas she will do after he leaves?

4. What does Palinurus' ghost ask Aeneas to do when he returns to the world?

5. Who appears in a dream to warn Aeneas to flee Troy?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Aeneas make sure that people notice his son Iulus?

2. Why is Juno so angry with the Trojans?

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

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

5. What are some instances where Aeneas betrays a hastiness in temperament in Book 2?

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

7. Describe the Sibyl.

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

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

10. Why should Aeneas not have tried to found a city in Thrace?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the role of signs, portents, omens, prophesies, and so forth in The Aeneid. What are some forms these signs take? Who sends them, if anyone? Can false signs be sent, and if so, for what purpose? How do people fare when they interpret signs correctly and follow them? How do they fare when they try to act against them?

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

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?

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