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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 does Aeneas lose his temper and kill Turnus instead of showing mercy?

2. Who does the queen of Latium want her daughter to marry?

3. To which goddess is Camilla dedicated?

4. What does the goddess Circe do to those she enchants?

5. What do Nisus and Euryalus do as they move through Turnus' camp?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Evander tell Aeneas about Latin history?

3. Describe Latinus' actions once he sees his people fighting with the Trojans.

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

5. 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?

6. What is the difference between what Arruns prays for and what he actually receives?

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

8. 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?

9. How has King Latinus' method of dealing with the war changed since Book VII?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

A bildingsroman is a work of art that tells of the development of a character, perhaps telling how the character matures or grows capable of taking on a duty as the process of a journey or a series of trials. Explain why The Aeneid is or is not a bildingsroman by examining how Aeneas does or does not develop over the course of it. Examine issues such as:

1) his capacity as a leader

2) his control over his emotions and temper

3) the wiseness of his judgement

4) his treatment of others.

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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