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. In Chapter 17, why did Esca sell their horses?

2. What happened to the Eagle of the Ninth Legion?

3. What does Esca buy for transportation?

4. What does the Chieftain tell Marcus about his people?

5. What is the tune he begins to sing?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How are Marcus and Esca disguised and what do they look like?

3. When Liathan accuses Marcus of deceiving the Epidaii how does Marcus respond?

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

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

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

7. What happened at the beginning of the fall of the Ninth legion?

8. What does Guern do to help Marcus and Esca when they're running from the tribes?

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

10. How does Marcus feel about Guern?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

On the eve of Marcus's surgery, Marcus is grateful for the friendship of Esca, Cottia and Cub. With no money and no job, Marcus is still worried about finding his way in the world, but he realizes that he is no longer lonely. Esca's friendship with Marcus is deepening, evidenced when he is more concerned about the surgery than the unconscious Marcus is, and he insists on personally caring for his master.

How has friendship helped you through a rough time in your life? What do you think is the reason?

Essay Topic 2

The Sixth Legion is based at Eburacum, the site of the present-day city of York. The Eagle symbolizes the honor of the Roman Legions. Strong, powerful and unmerciful, the bird of prey represents both the best and worst of Roman military might. Wingless and fallen into the hands of Druids or tribesmen, it is a powerful emblem of defeat. Protecting their Eagle was a potent rallying point for Romans soldiers. Some standards bearers were even known to rush into battle, forcing their more cautious cohort to follow them to protect the almost sacred Eagle.

Do you think the Eagle as a symbol is worth men giving up their lives? If you consider it a waste, why? If you don't, why? For what would you be willing to give up your life?

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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