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. 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?

2. Why does Turnus think he can beat Aeneas in single combat?

3. Which of the following is NOT something Vulcan and the Cyclops crafted?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Jupiter mean when he says that to everyone (Trojan or Rutulian), he is the same king?

2. Who are the princes referred to in the book title, how do they die, and why might their deaths be particularly significant?

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

4. 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?

5. 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?

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

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

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

9. 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?

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

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

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 much of Turnus' fate at the end of The Aeneid is due to fate, and how much is it due to fortune? As you answer, consider and discuss the following points:

1) What effect did Jupiter have on the outcome of the fight and why?

2) How might things have turned out differently if Turnus had not taken plunder from Pallas?

3) What has Jupiter said all along about the interworkings of fate and fortune and the time allotted each man to live?

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