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. Which of the following is NOT something Vulcan and the Cyclops crafted?

2. Who slays Arruns?

3. Who laments that only the head of Euryalus is brought back (on a spear) by the Rutulians?

4. What had Jupiter forbidden to happen?

5. At the beginning of Book XI, how does Turnus say he wants to settle the conflict?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why does Juno send Juturna to interfere with the war?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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