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 Ilioneus ask for from King Latinus?

2. What is Iulus' first feat of arms?

3. What pictures are shown on the shield Venus gives to Aeneas?

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

5. To whom is Camilla compared to as she fights?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

In Book XII, in one of many references to a place that had been built or civilized by the time he was writing but had not yet been constructed in the past, Virgil says that Juno was "gazing from the height we now call Alban--nameless then, it had no fame or glory." Use this and other examples of Virgil's mentioning past and present places to compare Rome at its birth in this work with the Roman Empire of Virgil's time. Address questions such as in what ways have the places changed, have they changed for the better, and what sorts of places are they that he bothers to mention?

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