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 does Lausus die?

2. Why does Nisus surrender to the Rutulians?

3. Why does Turnus think he can beat Aeneas in single combat?

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

5. Who does the queen of Latium want her daughter to marry?

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

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

4. What does Evander tell Aeneas about Latin history?

5. 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?

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

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

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 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. 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

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

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 3

Compare and contrast the actions of Juno and Venus throughout the story. For what reasons do these two goddesses become entangled in the affairs of humans? At what points do they cross the line and become too involved? At what points does Jupiter intervene and tell them to stop? What techniques and strategies do they use to change the outcomes of events in the world below?

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