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 ways Juno suggests Juturna try to save Turnus?

2. Who finds his or her way inside the Trojan camp at the end of Book IX and begins to massacre Trojans?

3. How does Turnus' acceptance of the challenge to fight in single combat make Aeneas feel?

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

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

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

3. Under what conditions does Jupiter allow Juno to remove Turnus from the fight?

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

9. What arguments does Sac√ęs use to persuade Turnus to return to the fight?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ultimately, how do you think Fate and Fortune work in the lives of any and all of the characters in The Aeneid? Use examples from the text to discuss issues such as:

1) How predetermined is fate and can it be changed? If so, by whom?

2) How are good or bad fortunes won?

3) How free or constrained are the gods and goddesses to act with or against fated outcomes?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Similes and other detailed descriptions help the reader picture and understand things about the settings, characters, and events of this work. Identify an example of a simile being used to describe each of these three things and explain how it is used, what effect it has, and why Virgil might have used that particular simile in that particular place.

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