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

2. What does King Latinus propose to give to the Trojans?

3. What betrays the presence of Euryalus to the enemy?

4. How does Diomedes know Aeneas?

5. Why does Aeneas lose his temper and kill Turnus instead of showing mercy?

Short Essay Questions

1. Examine the advice and prophecy that Faunus gives his son Latinus. Rewrite in your own words what he is saying.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Examine the role of signs, portents, omens, prophesies, and so forth in The Aeneid. What are some forms these signs take? Who sends them, if anyone? Can false signs be sent, and if so, for what purpose? How do people fare when they interpret signs correctly and follow them? How do they fare when they try to act against them?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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