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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 Juno plan to do in Book VII to stop Aeneas from ruling Italy?

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

4. Why do the Trojans and the Latins call a twelve-day truce?

5. Who is Aeneas told will be willing to fight with him against the Latins?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How well do you think Aeneas would have been able to fulfill his fate without the help of gods and goddesses? As you answer, take into account the actions of divine beings working against him. If there had been no divine interaction on either side, what might have been the final outcome and why?

Essay Topic 2

In Book XII, in one of many references to a place that had been built or civilized by the time he was writing but had not yet been constructed in the past, Virgil says that Juno was "gazing from the height we now call Alban--nameless then, it had no fame or glory." Use this and other examples of Virgil's mentioning past and present places to compare Rome at its birth in this work with the Roman Empire of Virgil's time. Address questions such as in what ways have the places changed, have they changed for the better, and what sorts of places are they that he bothers to mention?

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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