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 happens to the Trojans' ships when Turnus tries to burn them?

2. What did the god Saturn give the first people in Latinum to start their civilization?

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

4. What does Jupiter tell Hercules is the labor of the brave, since human lifetimes are so short?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Latinus' actions once he sees his people fighting with the Trojans.

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

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

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

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

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 Sacës use to persuade Turnus to return to the fight?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

The Roman Emperor Augustus Caesar asked Virgil to write The Aeneid to celebrate his recent victory at the Battle of Actium, in which Augustus (then called Octavian) and his forces beat Mark Antony and the Egyptian ruler Cleopatra. This victory brought peace to the empire, and Octavian/Augustus worked thereafter to rule well. Looking at details in The Aeneid such as the subject matter depicted at the center of Aeneas' shield and all the references Virgil makes to the Rome of his time, discuss what purpose Virgil's work might have served at the time.

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