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. Where does Marcus go when he's discharged from the legion?

2. When Marcus's uncle asks him about pain in his leg what does Marcus say?

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

4. How old is the unit of marchers?

5. What does Esca show Marcus to support his position?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Cradoc and Marcus make a wager and what was the result?

2. Describe what happens when Marcus sees the patrol coming back to the outpost.

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

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

5. What does the war spear in Chapter two mean to the story?

6. What has happened to Marcus's family?

7. How is the rebelling village punished and how does Marcus feel about the village?

8. Why do you think Marcus and Cottia get along? What might they have in common?

9. What happens when Marcus gives Esca his freedom and what does it symbolize?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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

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