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. Who do they meet up with when they come out of the river?

2. How do Marcus and Esca elude the riders?

3. What did the tribe call the Roman soldiers?

4. What Chieftain asks them to his home?

5. Who is in charge of the fort at Borcovicus where Marcus and Esca come to the wall?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Esca demonstrate by staying with Marcus and helping to search for 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. How does Marcus figure out who Guern might be?

6. Why do you think the Eagle is so important to both Rome and the Epidaii?

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

8. How does Marcus feel about Guern?

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

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

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 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 wolf cub symbolizes the struggle of each of us to tame the savage impulses within in order to belong to the civilized world. Both Esca and Marcus face that challenge, as former warriors who must conform to a pastoral life. Despite Marcus's protests, the bitter truth is that Esca is a slave.

Discuss the difficulties and rewards for being a member in good standing of a society. Are humans better off, do you think, living in groups with rules and expectations?

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