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 does Venus want to keep safe by removing him or her from the war between the Trojans and Latins?

2. What does Drancës call on Turnus to do?

3. How does Nisus die?

4. Who appears to Aeneas in a dream to tell him where to find people willing to ally themselves with the Trojans against the Latins?

5. What do seers say it means when Lavinia's hair glows with divine fire?

Short Essay Questions

1. What suggestions are given in this book as to how the conflict can be resolved?

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

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

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

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

7. How might Turnus be turning into a mini-Achilles (as predicted) in Book IX?

8. 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?

9. What does Evander tell Aeneas about Latin history?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The proper disposal of the dead is an important issue that runs throughout The Aeneid. Use examples from the work to explain how one should dispose of one's own dead and how one should allow one's enemy to dispose of their dead, and why.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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