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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. How does Guern help Marcus and Esca?

2. What does Esca suggest?

3. What does Marcus build while they are resting at noon on their first day past the wall?

4. What is the tune he begins to sing?

5. What does the old man show Marcus?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The men continue to travel through southern Scotland. Guern's knowledge of Latin and his chin strap scar prove he is a former member of the Roman Legion. Like every army, the Legion has distinctive marching songs. Guern is whistling one of the most enduring. The brand of Mithras between Guern's brows also betrays his service in the Legion. Although Guern is a traitor to the Legion, he proves to be a loyal friend. Marcus seems willing to accept Guern at face value without condemnation. In his own quest for belonging, Marcus seems to accept that Guern has found his place, even if it meant leaving the Legion.

Do you think Guern was wrong to desert the legion? Do you think he could actually be called a deserter? What would you have done if you had been in Guern's position? Do you think it was brave or silly for Marcus's father to die trying to save the Eagle?

Essay Topic 2

The Eagle is the symbol of all Roman Legions. Thus, when Marcus says the 4th Gaulish is the finest cohort of all the Eagles, he means of all the Roman Legions. In the days of Pliny the Elder, the Roman Legions had five symbols, the eagle, the wolf, the bull or minotaur, the horse and the boar. During the reorganization of the Legions under Marius about 104 B.C., the four animals were eliminated, and every Legion was symbolized by a silver or bronze eagle with outstretched wings. Another important symbol is the red rose, which symbolizes blood and honor. When it falls, Marcus is reminded how fleeting life is and how important bravery and honor are.

What are some symbols in modern America? What do they represent and how do people in America respond to them?

Essay Topic 3

Describe from beginning to end, as Guern related it, what happened to the Ninth Legion. Include your opinion on: Who was responsible? Who commanded it? What was the ultimate fate?

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