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. How is Turnus spurred to make war on both King Latinus and the Trojans?

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

3. How is Queen Amata turned thoroughly against the idea of Aeneas marrying her daughter Lavinia?

4. What mission do Nisus and Euryalus take on?

5. How does Turnus' acceptance of the challenge to fight in single combat make Aeneas feel?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. 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?

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

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

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

7. What does Evander tell Aeneas about Latin history?

8. 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?

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

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

What role do the Muses play in the telling of this tale? When and why does Virgil call upon them? Upon which particular Muses does he rely?

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

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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