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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 had an artist of a long-departed garrison etch into the bath-house wall, according to the narrator in Chapter 2?
(a) A wild cat.
(b) A snake.
(c) A wolf.
(d) A dragon.

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

3. How long does Claudius Hieronimianus say it has been since he left the Fretensis in Chapter 10?
(a) 6 years.
(b) 23 years.
(c) 12 years.
(d) 18 years.

4. What former Roman province is Marcus setting out for in his mission in Chapter 10?
(a) Eburacum.
(b) Valentia.
(c) Anderida.
(d) Isca.

5. Whom does Esca refer to as "the Light of the Sun" (82) in Chapter 6?
(a) Lugh.
(b) Aulus.
(c) Pilum.
(d) Mithras.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Cottia say her aunt and uncle call her in Chapter 7?

2. What word from the novel refers to Celtic peoples inhabiting present day France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Switzerland and other areas of Europe?

3. What is initially found to be creating the noise outside of the fort in Chapter 3?

4. What city now sits at the location of the historic Eburacum?

5. From what tribe has Cottia and her family descended?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Uncle Aquila described?

2. What information does Marcus learn of the conclusion of the battle in Chapter 4?

3. What does the rose in the wine jar symbolize?

4. Why does Marcus buy the slave Esca?

5. How did Tribune Placidus insult Esca at the hunt in Chapter 6?

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

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

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

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

10. What does Marcus consider doing in his future in Chapter 9?

(see the answer keys)

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