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. What does the item in question 82 have on it?

2. What did Esca's father do before he was enslaved?

3. What cohort did the leader's father command?

4. What does he tell Marcus when asked about the answer in question 20?

5. What was the Greek net man called by the crowds?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Marcus's uncle and Marcus's relationship to him.

2. What does the Legate say about the Ninth Legion and what to do with the Eagle?

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

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

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

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

7. When Liathan accuses Marcus of deceiving the Epidaii how does Marcus respond?

8. What does the old man tell Marcus about the Eagle?

9. What does Esca show Marcus do illustrate the difference between Rome and Britain?

10. What does Esca demonstrate by staying with Marcus and helping to search for the Eagle?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write a brief essay on how you would feel about the soldiers occupying your country. Would you be friends with them? Why or why not? Would you allow their doctors to treat you or your family? Would you enroll in their military? Would you join a resistance? Marry a citizen of that country?

Essay Topic 2

The wolf cub symbolizes the struggle of each of us to tame the savage impulses within in order to belong to the civilized world. Both Esca and Marcus face that challenge, as former warriors who must conform to a pastoral life. Despite Marcus's protests, the bitter truth is that Esca is a slave.

Discuss the difficulties and rewards for being a member in good standing of a society. Are humans better off, do you think, living in groups with rules and expectations?

Essay Topic 3

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

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