VIRGIL’S “AENEID”

Instructions: Read Books 1 & 2 of Virgil’s “Aeneid” (document found in weekly module). As you read, respond to each of the following questions as thoroughly as possible. To help make your reading easier, the lines of the story that contain the answers to the questions are highlighted in green and have the question numbers posted next to them. Type your responses in the text entry fields. Then print your assignment and submit it in hard copy in class. (Worth 70 points total)
Book I

  1. Recall that one of the characteristics of an epic is the poet states the theme at the beginning. Read the first lines of Book 1, and then tell in your own words what the theme is. Be sure you include all the main ideas from the highlighted passage. (There are at least five major ideas in the passage.) (5 pts.)
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  2. What is the name of the city “belov’d by Juno”? (1 pt.)
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  3. What “ancient rumor” had Juno heard? (1 pt.)
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  4. Among Juno’s “long causes working in her mind” (reasons for hating Trojans) were references to Ganymed(e) and Electra. You may not know what these references are. But another reason stated is “of Partial Paris, and her (Juno’s) form disdained.” What is this referring to? (1 pts.)
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  5. For how many years were the “remnants of the Trojan host” wandering before arriving in Italy? (1 pt.)
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  6. Juno knows that Fate and Jove (Jupiter) are on the side of the Trojans. So to whom does she turn to help her “sink or disperse [her] fatal enemies”?
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  7. What does Juno promise him in return for his help? (1 pt.)
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  8. What god gets angry about the tempest which destroys the Trojan fleet? Why is he so angry? What does he do about it? (3 pts.)
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  9. Where do the Trojans arrive after the tempest subsides? How many ships make it there? (2 pts.)
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  10. What animals did Achates see on the plain and how many did he kill? What does this number symbolize with regards to Rome’s history? (2 pts.)
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  11. What are several of the “past . . . woes” that the Trojans have had to bear on their long journey? (2 pts.)
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  12. What goddess saw the “human miseries” and asked Jove (Jupiter) why he was allowing this to happen? What promise that Jove once made does she refer to?
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  13. Jove tells her that three cities are part of the Trojans’ future. They are Lavinium, and what two other cities? (1 pts.)
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  14. When Aeneas awoke on the Libyan shore, he saw his mother, Venus. How was she disguised? (1 pt.)
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  15. Who rules the “rising city,” which Aeneas sees from afar? (1 pt.)
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  16. How many ships did Aeneas start off with? How many remain? (2 pts.)
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  17. How did Aeneas react when he realizes the hunter is his goddess mother, Venus?
    (1 pt.)
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  18. In this passage, we find a common characteristic of an epic. What is it? (1 pt.)
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  19. What did Aeneas see that “reviv’d his courage, and his fear expell’d”? (Describe in general what he sees, as well as some of the specific scenes.) (2 pts.)
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  20. To what “sweet region was [the Trojans’] voyage bent”? (1 pt.)
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    Book II
  21. Who is Ulysses? (What other name do we know him by?) (1 pt.)
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  22. This highlighted passage describes the trick that the Greeks used to fool the Trojans into thinking the war had ended. What are the first few lines describing? (1 pt.)
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  23. According to this passage, where was the Greek fleet hiding? (1 pt.)
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  24. In this passage, the Trojan priest Laocoön tries to warn the others about what the Greeks left behind. What two possibilities does he suggest this thing could be?
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  25. Summarize what happens in this passage. (2 pts.)
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  26. The next six or seven highlighted passages contain the elaborate lie that the Greek solder told the Trojans. First, what is the name of the Greek? (He introduces himself in the second highlighted passage.) Next, read through the other passages, and then summarize in your own words the elaborate lie he tells the Trojans.
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  27. How does the king (Priam) react to the Greek’s story? (Answer it based on what you read in this highlighted passage.) (2 pts.)
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  28. What does the Greek tell the Trojans about the gift? (2 pts.)
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  29. Describe what happens to Laocoön and his sons in this passage. (2 pts.)
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  30. What do the Trojans do with the gift? (1 pt.)
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  31. What happens after the horse is wheeled in? (1 pt.)
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  32. What happened to Aeneas while he was sleeping? (1 pt.)
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  33. Describe the appearance of Hector in Aeneas’ vision. (1 pt.)
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  34. Summarize the warning that Hector gives to Aeneas. (1 pts.)
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  35. What does Aeneas do when he wakes up? (1 pt.)
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  36. Describe the trick that Coroebus suggests to his Trojan comrades. (2 pts.)
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  37. When he enters the palace of King Priam, Aeneas sees Helen. What does he want to do to her? (1 pt.)
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  38. Aeneas’ mother (Venus) appears to him. What message does she have for him regarding who is to blame for the loss of Troy? (1 pt.)
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  39. What does Venus tell her son to do? (1 pt.)
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  40. What happens in this passage? (Does Aeneas obey his mother?) (1 pt.)
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  41. In this passage, Aeneas and his father witness two omens that convince them that it is time to flee Troy. What are they? (2 pts.)
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  42. As they are fleeing, Aeneas tells his father to take something in his hands. What are they? Why can’t he take them himself? (2 pt.)
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  43. How do Aeneas and his family leave the city? (Describe the grouping.) (2 pts.)
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  44. What happens to Aeneas’ wife, Creusa, as they are fleeing the city? (1 pt.)
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  45. According to Creusa, the fates will provide Aeneas with something in Italy. What will be provided? (2 pts.)
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  46. What does Aeneas yield to at the end of this passage? (1 pt.)
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Sample Solution

ACED ESSAYS