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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. Where did the patrol that Marcus was trying to rescue go?

2. How will Marcus disguise himself while he looks for the Eagle?

3. How long did Marcus have his command?

4. What does Esca do doing the surgery?

5. What does his uncle say when Marcus says he has no pain?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to Marcus and Esca when the tribesmen catch them after they leave, having stolen the Eagle?

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

3. Why did Marcus and Esca hope to find the holy place? Who accidentally helped them and why?

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

5. Describe what Marcus saw at the circus in the fight between the "fisher" and another man.

6. Describe Marcus Flavius Aquila.

7. What might be the symbolism of Cub's not eating in relationship to Marcus and Esca?

8. What does the physician say about Marcus's injuries and how does Marcus feel about his time at his uncle's?

9. What does Quintus Hilarion, the Pilus Prior Centurion tell Marcus, who is replacing him?

10. What has happened to Marcus's family?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

What is the rite of manhood and how might it symbolize Marcus's struggle in his life?

Essay Topic 3

While Marcus, Esca and Cub struggle against aggressive and violent natures, Cottia has tender sensibilities and can barely stand to witness the gladiator contests. This portrait of frail, sensitive womanhood as the bearer of family morals and the sole civilizing influence is a distinctive feature of the 1950s, when The Eagle of the Ninth was published.

How are the views in modern America concerning women different? How are they similar?

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