The Eagle of the Ninth Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Approximately how long should it take reinforcements to reach Marcus's garrison after the smoke signal has been sent up in Chapter 3?

2. What had Marcus's father just been appointed as on his last departure, according to the narrator in Chapter 1?

3. Whose name is chanted by Marcus's battalion as they drive at the tribesmen with swords in Chapter 3?

4. What is engraved on the gold bracelet that is bestowed to Marcus in Chapter 5 (56)?

5. How old was Uncle Aquila's only love when she died?

Short Essay Questions

1. What two stories inspired the author to write The Eagle of the Ninth, according to her Prologue?

2. What does Placidus suggest as a reason for the disappearance of the Ninth Legion?

3. How is Cottia described when her character is first introduced?

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

5. What are the Saturnalia Games and what entertainments are provided at the Games that Marcus attends?

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

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

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

9. How is Uncle Aquila described?

10. Why does Marcus buy the slave Esca?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze and discuss the character of Cottia in the novel. How old is Cottia when she meets Marcus? How would you describe her appearance and her temperament? How does Cottia's character transform in the story?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze and discuss the character of Uncle Aquila in the novel. How old is Uncle Aquila? Why had Marcus never met his uncle until now? Where does Uncle Aquila live? How would you describe his demeanor? How does he contribute to the plot?

Essay Topic 3

In The Eagle of the Ninth, Marcus struggles with both his sense of identity and his sense of belonging. Discuss ways that the author expands upon this theme in the novel. Who else seeks belonging and security in their identity? What symbolism and imagery relate to these themes?

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