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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the age difference between Uncle Aquila and Marcus's father?
(a) 10 years.
(b) 15 years.
(c) 20 years.
(d) 12 years.

2. From what tribe has Cottia and her family descended?
(a) The Belgae tribe.
(b) The Atrebate tribe.
(c) The Iceni tribe.
(d) The Catuvellauni tribe.

3. Who is the Commander of the relief force that has arrived to help Marcus's battalion fight the tribesmen in Chapter 4?
(a) Centurion Herpinius.
(b) Centurion Clodius Maximus.
(c) Centurion Drusillus.
(d) Centurion Pilus Prior.

4. Who is referred to in Chapter 4 as "A most efficient officer ... with the air of a grey-headed Legate" (52)?
(a) Centurion Cassius.
(b) Centurion Maximus.
(c) Centurion Herpinius.
(d) Centurion Pilus Prior.

5. Where does Marcus recall having seen Cottia before when he meets her in Chapter 7?
(a) At the bakery.
(b) At her mother's wedding.
(c) At the Roman temple.
(d) At the Saturnalia Games.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the cook at Uncle Aquila's home?

2. What was Cottia's father doing when he was killed?

3. What shocks Placidus about Marcus in Chapter 9?

4. What is the name of the book that Uncle Aquila has been writing for ten years, according to the narrator in Chapter 5?

5. Where does Marcus tell Esca he bought his dagger in Chapter 7?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is visiting Uncle Aquila in Chapter 9? Why?

2. What do the Centurions discover to be making noise outside the fort in Chapter 3? How do they respond?

3. What rumor regarding the Eagle does the Legate describe in Chapter 10?

4. Why does Marcus grant Esca his freedom in Chapter 10?

5. Why does Marcus buy the slave Esca?

6. How does Esca use weapons to illustrate the differences between Roman culture and the culture of the Celts?

7. What bet with Cradoc does Marcus propose in Chapter 2?

8. Why does Marcus worry he may be making a laughing stock out of himself in Chapter 3?

9. Where is Marcus being tended to in Chapter 4? By whom is he being care for?

10. What is Esca's history? For how long has he been a slave?

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