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. Where do they put the Eagle?

2. What does a warrior tell Marcus about the legion?

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

4. How do Marcus and Esca get to the wall?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does Marcus feel about Guern?

6. What does the old man tell Marcus about the Eagle?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Marcus learns that loyalty to Rome and to the Legion is important, but so is loyalty to your friends and family. What do you believe is more important loyalty to family or friends? Why? What about country? Would you turn in a family member who committed a crime? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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