The Eagle of the Ninth Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What two stories inspired the author to write The Eagle of the Ninth, according to her Prologue?

The author describes two mysteries that prompted her to incorporate them into the novel The Eagle of the Ninth. The first story describes the Ninth Legion that mysteriously disappeared heading north in 117 A.D. The second story describes the discovery of a Roman Eagle in what was once Calleva Atrebatum.

2. When and where is The Eagle of the Ninth set?

The main narrative of The Eagle of the Ninth is set beginning approximately 127 A.D. in Roman Britain. Marcus Aquila has been stationed in Roman Britain as a Roman Centurion and the commander of a fort.

3. From what narrative point of view is the novel related?

The Eagle of the Ninth is related from the perspective of a third-person mostly-limited narrator. The narrator largely focuses on the thoughts and actions of the protagonist Marcus, but also occasionally describes other characters' intentions as well.

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