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The Aeneid

Virgil

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1. Which of the gods is the staunchest enemy of Aeneas and the Trojans?

2. Who is the queen of Carthage, the city-state where Aeneas lands after the big storm in Book I?

3. What was hidden inside the wooden belly of the horse left outside the Trojan gates?

4. Who does not die in the sack of Troy?

5. What prophesy does the Harpy issue?

6. Where does Anchises, Aeneas’s father, die?

7. Who breaks off the love affair between Aeneas and Dido?

8. Where does Aeneas last see Dido?

9. How do the young Trojan boys participate in the contests in Sicily?

10. Who sets fire to the Trojan fleet in Sicily, the first time the ships burn?

11. What token must Aeneas carry to be admitted alive into the underworld?

12. When Aeneas lands in Latium, how does he know he has come to the right place?

13. Who does not oppose the marriage of Lavinia to Aeneas?

14. What symbolizes the beginning of battle for the Latins?

15. How does Evander know Aeneas’s father, Anchises?

16. Who makes the strong and beautiful new armor Aeneas wears into battle?

17. Why do the Trojan ships turn into sea nymphs when Turnus tries to burn them?

18. Who begs to be executed in place of his friend Euryalus?

19. Who kills Pallas?

20. How does Juno get Turnus away from battle and onto a ship?

21. How long is the burial truce to which the two armies agree?

22. Which woman slays many Trojans in battle?

23. Who, besides Dido, commits suicide?

24. What request does Juno make as she finally gives in to Aeneas’s fated victory?

25. What counteracts Aeneas’s impulse to spare Turnus’s life?

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