The Eagle of the Ninth Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the purpose of Hadrian's wall?

2. Two days later, still a long way from the wall, where do Marcus and Esca take refuge?

3. What is the result of the answer to question 164?

4. What do Marcus and Esca do that night after everyone goes to sleep?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Decimation was a form of Roman punishment for dishonored legions. Describe the process and discuss whether you think it's an effective method of keeping soldiers in line.

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

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?

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