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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How do they elude the dogs?

3. What Chieftain asks them to his home?

4. How far are they from Hadrian's Wall when they realize the tribesmen will come for them?

5. What does Esca buy for transportation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Esca proves his loyalty to Marcus by offering to die in his place. Esca is a member of the Painted People, enemies of the Roman Legions. His entire family was killed fighting for their freedom against the Roman Empire. Yet, Esca has found in Marcus, a young Roman Centurion, the closest friendship. His love and loyalty for Marcus are so great that Esca is willing to abandon the remnants of his clan and die for Marcus. Again, Sutcliff uses Esca's plight to suggest that the under classes were born to sacrifice themselves on behalf of the rulers, in Britain as well as in the Roman Empire.

How do you think this class hierarchy in ancient Rome relates to present day class divisions?

Essay Topic 2

Students will write a persuasive essay on whether Rome's invasion and occupation of Rome Britain made conditions better or worse in that country.

Essay Topic 3

Just as Esca and Cub are loyal to Marcus, the Centurion is loyal to the Legion and to the memory of his father. Marcus is almost certain that the Hispana under his father's leadership would have fought bravely. He longs to avenge his father's honor and learn the circumstances of the deadly ambush that must surely have felled such a powerful force so far from home.

Write a short essay about one of your parents or an adult relative or friend that you admire. Do you think you will have similar values when you are an adult? What do you admire about this person? What do they do that makes you see them as special?

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