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. From what tribe does Esca hail?

2. Who does Centurion Quintus Hilarion warn Marcus about in Chapter 1?

3. Galarius claims in Chapter 8 that an oculist's craft is one for a follower of whom?

4. How long has it been since Marcus's surgery in the beginning of Chapter 9?

5. What word from the novel refers to an open-roofed central court in an ancient Roman home?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Marcus buy the slave Esca?

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

3. How is Uncle Aquila described?

4. How does Esca use weapons to illustrate the differences between Roman culture and the culture of the Celts?

5. What does Cottia tell Marcus when she appears in the garden in Chapter 8?

6. From what narrative point of view is the novel related?

7. How are the slaves described in Uncle Aquila's home?

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

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

10. What bet with Cradoc does Marcus propose in Chapter 2?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the events that lead up to Marcus's injuries at his post in Roman Britain. Who attacks the battalion? How is the attack orchestrated? How many of Marcus's men are injured or killed in the attack?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the historical context of The Eagle of the Ninth. When does the story take place? Where is it set? What were the social, political, and international atmospheres at this time? How does the author incorporate that history into her novel?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the structure of the Roman military and its role in the spread of the Roman Empire. What is Marcus's station in the military? Where is the post that he is assigned? What are his duties at that post?

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