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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 problem does Turnus face when he tries to attack the Trojan camp?
2. Why does Aeneas lose his temper and kill Turnus instead of showing mercy?
3. Who appears to Aeneas in a dream to tell him where to find people willing to ally themselves with the Trojans against the Latins?
4. Who does the queen of Latium want her daughter to marry?
5. Who kills Pallas?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Evander tell Aeneas about Latin history?
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 does Jupiter mean when he says that to everyone (Trojan or Rutulian), he is the same king?
4. 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?
5. What false portent does Juturna send the Rutulians and how do they interpret it?
6. Describe Latinus' actions once he sees his people fighting with the Trojans.
7. Why would Aeneas' shield be covered with the deeds of his descendants?
8. Who are the princes referred to in the book title, how do they die, and why might their deaths be particularly significant?
9. Examine the advice and prophecy that Faunus gives his son Latinus. Rewrite in your own words what he is saying.
10. What suggestions are given in this book as to how the conflict can be resolved?
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
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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