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

2. What does the goddess Circe do to those she enchants?

3. What had Jupiter forbidden to happen?

4. What does Venus claim the Trojans would have been better off doing after Troy was destroyed by the Greeks?

5. What does Juno plan to do in Book VII to stop Aeneas from ruling Italy?

Short Essay Questions

1. How has King Latinus' method of dealing with the war changed since Book VII?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose two of the following and compare and contrast their subject matter and what the information they depict conveys to someone examining them:

1) the pictures on the walls of the temple of Juno in Carthage in Book I

2) the pictures on the cloak Aeneas gives Cloanthus as a prize in Book V

3) the sculptures Daedalus created inside the temple of Apollo by the Sibyl in Book VI

4) the pictures on Aeneas's shield in Book VIII

5) the pictures on Pallas's sword belt in Book X.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Compare and contrast Latinus as a leader with Aeneas as a leader, taking into account what characteristics a leader should possess and examining each man's actions as a leader at different times in the story.

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