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 happened to the Ninth legion, in the end?

2. Who is doing the answer in question 123?

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

4. What does the old man show Marcus?

5. Who has Marcus now become?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What did Liathan give Marcus and why?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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