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. How is Aeneas healed in Book XII after war breaks out again and he is injured?

2. What does Virgil do to prepare to talk about the warfare between the Trojans and the Rutulians?

3. What does Jupiter promise Juno about the Latin folk?

4. What does Aeneas promise to the Italians if he wins his fight with Turnus?

5. Why do the Trojans and the Latins call a twelve-day truce?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What might Evander mean when he says that it isn't empty-headed superstition that leads them to celebrate?

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

4. 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?

5. What are some actions that demonstrate the strong friendship between Nisus and Euryalus?

6. What arguments does Sacës use to persuade Turnus to return to the fight?

7. What does Evander mean when he tells Aeneas that Aeneas must have the courage to shape himself to fit through the low doorway into Evander's humble home, besides the literal fact that Aeneas is too tall to walk through the doorway without stooping a bit?

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

9. 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?

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

Compare the information about the future depicted on the shield of Aeneas with the information about the future told to Aeneas when he travels to the underworld to see Anchises. How are the depictions alike? How are they different? What might these similarities and differences signify?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

How are the gods and goddesses similar to and different from the human characters? Are they more moral? Wiser? More powerful? Address these questions as part of an essay on what kind of "people" the divine characters are.

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