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. Why does Guern think so much bad happened to the Ninth Legion?

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

3. What Chieftain asks them to his home?

4. What does the Legate suggest Marcus do with the Eagle?

5. What does the hunter do after he shares Marcus's camp?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Marcus urge Guern to do and why does he say no?

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

6. What is the rite of manhood and how do the Epidaii celebrate it?

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

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

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

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

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

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 3

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

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