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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 is the name of the gladiator that Marcus buys?

2. When talking about his childhood what does Esca reveal to Marcus about Rome?

3. How long does it take for Cottia to return to the garden after Marcus meets her?

4. Why are they hunting ?

5. What does Cradoc keep in reserve away from Marcus?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Marcus gives Esca his freedom and what does it symbolize?

2. What does the war spear in Chapter two mean to the story?

3. What does Marcus consider his true home and why?

4. What is Placidus's attitude at dinner that night?

5. How do Romans place seasoned and new soldiers in formation?

6. Who is Claudius Hieronimianus and who does he bring to dinner with him?

7. Write about the argument Esca and Marcus have about Rome and Britain.

8. Describe how Marcus fares after his heroic attack on the chariot.

9. Explain why Cottia had not returned to the garden to see Cub or Marcus for three days and what Marcus does about it.

10. Marcus and Esca takes Cub somewhere. Where do they go and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How would you relate the United States in Iraq and Afghanistan to Rome occupying Britain?

Essay Topic 2

A continuing theme within The Eagle of the Ninth is the connection between the Roman Empire and the British Empire. The greatest period of Colonial Britain had already passed when the novel was written, just as the glories of the Roman Empire were merely memories. One way the author, Rosemary Sutcliff, establishes a connection is the slave Esca's immediate and rather inexplicable loyalty to the Roman Centurion. This scene carries an aura of colonialism, as the "uncivilized" tribesman immediately recognizes the moral, cultural and intellectual superiority of an invading people and willingly, even fervently, submits.

Do you think that most nations who expand their borders through war and conquering are the same? Why or why not? Can a nation still be considered civilized if it invades another nation? Is stealing people's land the same as any other type of stealing or is it different?

Essay Topic 3

On the eve of Marcus's surgery, Marcus is grateful for the friendship of Esca, Cottia and Cub. With no money and no job, Marcus is still worried about finding his way in the world, but he realizes that he is no longer lonely. Esca's friendship with Marcus is deepening, evidenced when he is more concerned about the surgery than the unconscious Marcus is, and he insists on personally caring for his master.

How has friendship helped you through a rough time in your life? What do you think is the reason?

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