The Eagle of the Ninth Test | Final 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 old man say about Marcus's father?

2. Who is in charge of the fort at Borcovicus where Marcus and Esca come to the wall?

3. What does Marcus build while they are resting at noon on their first day past the wall?

4. That summer what area do Marcus and Esca crisscross?

5. What does the Legate say about the Ninth Legion?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Guern say he finally left the legion?

2. What might be the symbolism of Cub's not eating in relationship to Marcus and Esca?

3. What does Esca suggest when it looks like they are going to be caught again, by the tribe?

4. Why is Esca particularly valuable to the two for selling the horses and how does Marcus use that?

5. What happens to Marcus and Esca when the tribesmen catch them after they leave, having stolen the Eagle?

6. How does Marcus figure out who Guern might be?

7. What do Marcus and Esca do about their military horses while running from the tribe?

8. What did Liathan give Marcus and why?

9. What does the Legate say about the Ninth Legion and what to do with the Eagle?

10. What does Esca demonstrate by staying with Marcus and helping to search for the Eagle?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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. 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?

Essay Topic 3

The wolf cub symbolizes the struggle of each of us to tame the savage impulses within in order to belong to the civilized world. Both Esca and Marcus face that challenge, as former warriors who must conform to a pastoral life. Despite Marcus's protests, the bitter truth is that Esca is a slave.

Discuss the difficulties and rewards for being a member in good standing of a society. Are humans better off, do you think, living in groups with rules and expectations?

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