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

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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

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

Essay Topic 2

How would you relate the United States in Iraq and Afghanistan to Rome occupying Britain?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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