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 was the Greek net man called by the crowds?

2. What is Marcus's hope about finding the Eagle?

3. What changes the Tribune's attitude towards Marcus?

4. What was Cottia's father?

5. In the opening of the book, who is marching along a British road?

Short Essay Questions

1. How might Cub's return be symbolic of Marcus's life?

2. Explain why Cottia had not returned to the garden to see Cub or Marcus for three days and what Marcus does about it.

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

4. Describe the local population's relationship with Rome.

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

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

7. How does Marcus show his concern for his men?

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

9. How does Cottia react to Marcus's upcoming surgery and how does Esca react once it's over?

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

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

Students will write a persuasive essay on whether Rome's invasion and occupation of Rome Britain made conditions better or worse in that country.

Essay Topic 3

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. Again, Sutcliff uses Esca's plight to suggest that the under classes were born to sacrifice themselves on behalf of the rulers, in Britain as well as in the Roman Empire.

How do you think this class hierarchy in ancient Rome relates to present day class divisions?

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