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 false portent does Juturna send the Rutulians?

2. Which of the following is NOT one of the examples that Venus lists of ways that Juno ignored Jupiter's will and tried to form new destinies for men?

3. What does Venus claim the Trojans would have been better off doing after Troy was destroyed by the Greeks?

4. For what does Juno blame Aeneas in regard to the current conflict?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Evander tell Aeneas about Latin history?

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

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

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 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. 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?

7. What transition occurs around lines 46-47 in Book VII and how does Virgil handle this shift?

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

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

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

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

What role do the Muses play in the telling of this tale? When and why does Virgil call upon them? Upon which particular Muses does he rely?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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