The Aeneid Test | Final 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. Which of the following is NOT something Vulcan and the Cyclops crafted?

2. Why does Nisus surrender to the Rutulians?

3. Which of the following is not one of the ways Juno suggests Juturna try to save Turnus?

4. Who is Aeneas told will be willing to fight with him against the Latins?

5. Which monsters help Vulcan in his forge?

Short Essay Questions

1. How might Turnus be turning into a mini-Achilles (as predicted) in Book IX?

2. How does Jupiter ensure that Aeneas will win the combat with Turnus?

3. How does Jupiter become involved with the war in Book XI, and does this seem fair after he said before in Book X about being the same king to both Trojans and Rutulians?

4. What does the use of Iris as a messenger at the end of Book IX tell the reader about the balance of power between the gods?

5. Who are the princes referred to in the book title, how do they die, and why might their deaths be particularly significant?

6. What does Jupiter mean when he says that to everyone (Trojan or Rutulian), he is the same king?

7. Did Nisus and Euryalus act wisely when attempting to carry out their mission? Why or why not?

8. How does Venus use references to the Trojan War when meeting with Jupiter at the beginning of Book X?

9. Why does Juno send Juturna to interfere with the war?

10. Under what conditions does Jupiter allow Juno to remove Turnus from the fight?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Virgil uses foreshadowing for reasons such as to introduce events he will discuss in greater detail later, to create suspense, and to kindle his audience's interest so they will continue to listen to the story. Identify three examples of foreshadowing in this work, explain how they work, and identify what Virgil's purpose might have been for using them.

Essay Topic 2

Ultimately, how do you think Fate and Fortune work in the lives of any and all of the characters in The Aeneid? Use examples from the text to discuss issues such as:

1) How predetermined is fate and can it be changed? If so, by whom?

2) How are good or bad fortunes won?

3) How free or constrained are the gods and goddesses to act with or against fated outcomes?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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