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. Who tells Aeneas that Ascanius and the Trojans are under siege?

2. To which goddess is Camilla dedicated?

3. How does King Latinus welcome the Trojans to Latinum?

4. Who is Aeneas mourning at the beginning of Book XI?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

5. What does Evander tell Aeneas about Latin history?

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

7. 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?

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

9. What arguments does Sacës use to persuade Turnus to return to the fight?

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

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.

Essay Topic 2

What is the purpose of Aeneas' trip to the underworld in The Aeneid? What happens while he is there and what does he learn? How might it have changed the story had he not traveled through this land?

Essay Topic 3

How are the gods and goddesses similar to and different from the human characters? Are they more moral? Wiser? More powerful? Address these questions as part of an essay on what kind of "people" the divine characters are.

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