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 does Jupiter promise Juno about the Latin folk?

2. What favor does Aeneas generously grant the Latin petition?

3. Who does Evander plan to use as Aeneas' new army?

4. What does Ilioneus ask for from King Latinus?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Evander tell Aeneas about Latin history?

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

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

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

9. 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?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Aeneid is full of examples of images that pop up over and over again. Select one of the following and trace and evaluate examples of its use throughout the work:

1) thunderbolts and lightning

2) fire

3) hunting

4) snakes

5) storms.

Essay Topic 2

The Roman Emperor Augustus Caesar asked Virgil to write The Aeneid to celebrate his recent victory at the Battle of Actium, in which Augustus (then called Octavian) and his forces beat Mark Antony and the Egyptian ruler Cleopatra. This victory brought peace to the empire, and Octavian/Augustus worked thereafter to rule well. Looking at details in The Aeneid such as the subject matter depicted at the center of Aeneas' shield and all the references Virgil makes to the Rome of his time, discuss what purpose Virgil's work might have served at the time.

Essay Topic 3

One of the main characteristics of epic poems such as The Aeneid (and The Iliad and The Odyssey) is that the poem starts "in medias res," or in the middle of the action. The narrative then reveals information about what came before through various means, such as characters telling tales of the past or the narrator providing background. Discuss how this work begins in the middle, what information the reader is eventually given about what happened before, how this information is provided, and what effect this structure has on the experience of reading the poem.

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