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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 does the Legate mention about Eburacum in Chapter 10?

2. Who leads the cohort?

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

4. How has the village been punished?

5. From where did Esca know him?

Short Essay Questions

1. How might Cub's return be symbolic of Marcus's life?

2. What interests Marcus about Esca's recollection from childhood about Roman soldiers?

3. Describe Marcus Flavius Aquila.

4. What did Marcus's attack do for the Roman legion?

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

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

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

8. Describe Cottia and how Marcus meets her.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Esca proves his loyalty to Marcus by offering to die in his place. Esca is a member of the Painted People, enemies of the Roman Legions. His entire family was killed fighting for their freedom against the Roman Empire. Yet, Esca has found in Marcus, a young Roman Centurion, the closest friendship. His love and loyalty for Marcus are so great that Esca is willing to abandon the remnants of his clan and die for Marcus.

What do you think about Esca offering to give his life so Marcus can get away? Was it brave or stupid? How do you think you would react in a situation like that? Do you think laying down one's life for another is a reasonable response in any situation?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

The Sixth Legion is based at Eburacum, the site of the present-day city of York. The Eagle symbolizes the honor of the Roman Legions. Strong, powerful and unmerciful, the bird of prey represents both the best and worst of Roman military might. Wingless and fallen into the hands of Druids or tribesmen, it is a powerful emblem of defeat. Protecting their Eagle was a potent rallying point for Romans soldiers. Some standards bearers were even known to rush into battle, forcing their more cautious cohort to follow them to protect the almost sacred Eagle.

Do you think the Eagle as a symbol is worth men giving up their lives? If you consider it a waste, why? If you don't, why? For what would you be willing to give up your life?

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