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Full Book Quiz
. Which of the gods is the staunchest enemy of Aeneas and the Trojans?
. Who is the queen of Carthage, the city-state where Aeneas lands after the big storm in Book I?
. What was hidden inside the wooden belly of the horse left outside the Trojan gates?
Trojan hearth gods
. Who does not die in the sack of Troy?
Priam’s son, Polites
Aeneas’s wife, Creusa
Aeneas’s son, Ascanius
. What prophesy does the Harpy issue?
That the Trojans will never make it to Italy
That the Trojans will eat their own tables
That Dido will commit suicide
That Virgil will become the greatest Roman poet
. Where does Anchises, Aeneas’s father, die?
Antander, near Troy
Drepanum, in Sicily
. Who breaks off the love affair between Aeneas and Dido?
Dido’s husband, Sychaeus
. Where does Aeneas last see Dido?
In the underworld
. How do the young Trojan boys participate in the contests in Sicily?
They play an ancient Mediterranean form of lacrosse
They have a wheelbarrow race
They exhibit their horsemanship in a mock battle
They are offered as prizes
. Who sets fire to the Trojan fleet in Sicily, the first time the ships burn?
The women of Troy
. What token must Aeneas carry to be admitted alive into the underworld?
A golden bough
A letter from his father
A lock of Dido’s hair
. When Aeneas lands in Latium, how does he know he has come to the right place?
The ghost of his father appears
An emissary comes to meet him
The Trojans fulfill the Harpy’s prediction by eating their “tables” of bread
He has a vision of the future glory of Rome
. Who does not oppose the marriage of Lavinia to Aeneas?
. What symbolizes the beginning of battle for the Latins?
A sacrifice to Mars
The donning of ritual armor
A procession in honor of ancient war heroes
The opening of the Gates of War
. How does Evander know Aeneas’s father, Anchises?
Anchises visited Arcadia when Evander was young
Evander grew up in Troy
They met in Carthage when both were guests of Dido
Anchises grew up in Arcadia
. Who makes the strong and beautiful new armor Aeneas wears into battle?
. Why do the Trojan ships turn into sea nymphs when Turnus tries to burn them?
Because Venus intervenes
Because the nymphs had been trapped in the hulls for a hundred years waiting to be released
Because Ascanius’s prayer is answered
Because they were built out of wood sacred to Cybele
. Who begs to be executed in place of his friend Euryalus?
. Who kills Pallas?
. How does Juno get Turnus away from battle and onto a ship?
She leaves a trail of bread crumbs
She sends Iris to tell him the ship is burning
She disguises herself as Aeneas and runs onto the ship
She initiates a battle at sea
. How long is the burial truce to which the two armies agree?
. Which woman slays many Trojans in battle?
. Who, besides Dido, commits suicide?
. What request does Juno make as she finally gives in to Aeneas’s fated victory?
That he have no descendents
That Turnus be spared
That Rome and Carthage be enemies for all time
That Italy inherit the Latins’ name and language and not the Trojans’
. What counteracts Aeneas’s impulse to spare Turnus’s life?
He knows Turnus will be ashamed to receive his mercy
He sees the belt that Turnus took from the dead Pallas
He remembers his father’s warning
He wants to avenge Dido’s death
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