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. What does Aeneas say will happen to the Trojans if he loses his fight with Turnus?

2. How is Queen Amata turned thoroughly against the idea of Aeneas marrying her daughter Lavinia?

3. What does Venus use to convince her husband Vulcan to make armor for Aeneas?

4. Who laments that only the head of Euryalus is brought back (on a spear) by the Rutulians?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is it significant that in Latinum, Aeneas and some of his followers eat the wheaten cakes they were using as plates for their meal?

2. What false portent does Juturna send the Rutulians and how do they interpret it?

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

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

6. What suggestions are given in this book as to how the conflict can be resolved?

7. What does Evander tell Aeneas about Latin history?

8. Why would Aeneas' shield be covered with the deeds of his descendants?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose two of the following and compare and contrast their subject matter and what the information they depict conveys to someone examining them:

1) the pictures on the walls of the temple of Juno in Carthage in Book I

2) the pictures on the cloak Aeneas gives Cloanthus as a prize in Book V

3) the sculptures Daedalus created inside the temple of Apollo by the Sibyl in Book VI

4) the pictures on Aeneas's shield in Book VIII

5) the pictures on Pallas's sword belt in Book X.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

How well do you think Aeneas would have been able to fulfill his fate without the help of gods and goddesses? As you answer, take into account the actions of divine beings working against him. If there had been no divine interaction on either side, what might have been the final outcome and why?

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