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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 Dido kill herself?

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

3. Who does Anchises predict will bring and Age of Gold to Latium?

4. What meaning does Anchises say the portent of four white horses can have?

5. What does Ilioneus ask of Dido?

Short Essay Questions

1. What instances in Book V reveal how the Trojans feel about burying their dead?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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