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 Marcus say Rome has brought to Britain?

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

3. Of what is Cottia most proud?

4. How long has it been, when his uncle calls another surgeon, since Marcus was injured?

5. Who planted the answer to question #13 and why?

Short Essay Questions

1. What can Marcus do about being discharged from the legion?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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

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