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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 one of the activities Marcus does when not drilling with the troops?

2. Who is leading the answer in question #29?

3. How long was Marcus semi-conscious after being injured?

4. What's the name of the garrison Surgeon?

5. What does the Legate mention about Eburacum in Chapter 10?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Marcus learn from Esca about Esca's family?

4. What concerns Marcus's uncle about his leg and what does he do?

5. Who is Esca, where did he come from, what does he say to Marcus and what does he become to Marcus?

6. How does Cottia react to Marcus's upcoming surgery and how does Esca react once it's over?

7. Describe Marcus Flavius Aquila.

8. What does the Legate think happened to the Ninth Legion's Eagle and what does he fear?

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. How does Marcus feel about his life on the eve of his surgery?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What do you see are the differences and similarities between Marcus and Esca? Discuss their values, personalities, approaches to problems and values.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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