Aeneid Book II: Sample 8 and 10 mark questions for Latin GCSE

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Sample 8 mark questions (10 minutes per question)
What impression of the character of Aeneas have you formed from your reading of this
section?
Do you consider Aeneas' actions to be brave or foolish in the lines of Aeneid 2 that you have
read? Give reasons to support your answer.
To what extent does Aeneas display the characteristics of a Roman hero in the sections of
Book 2 of Aeneid 2 that you have read?
What role does the supernatural play in the lines of Aeneid 2 that you have read?
What picture of war emerges from the lines of Aeneid 2 that you have read?
How effective are the similes in the lines of Aeneid 2 that you have read?
How does Virgil evoke sympathy for the characters in the lines of Aeneid 2 that you have read?
With reference to the lines of Aeneid 2 that you have read, does anything positive emerge from
the downfall of Troy?
Sample 10 mark questions (15 minutes per question)
1. in somnis, ecce, ante oculos maestissimus Hector
visus adesse mihi largosque effundere fletus,
raptatus bigis ut quondam, aterque cruento
pulvere perque pedes traiectus lora tumentis.
ei mihi, qualis erat, quantum mutatus ab illo
Hectore qui redit exuvias indutus Achilli
vel Danaum Phrygios iaculatus puppibus ignis!
squalentem barbam et concretos sanguine crinis
vulneraque illa gerens, quae circum plurima muros
accepit patrios.
Virgil Aeneid 2, Lines 270-6
How does Virgil create a wretched image of Hector in these lines?
In your answer you must refer to the Latin and discuss Virgil's choice and position of words and any
other stylistic features. Your answer should cover the following points:
The physical appearance of Hector.
Aeneas' reactions to his vision.
Hector's previous heroic achievements.

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Austris
incidit, aut rapidus montano flumine torrens
sternit agros, sternit sata laeta boumque labores
praecipitesque trahit silvas; stupet inscius alto
accipiens sonitum saxi de vertice pastor.
tum vero manifesta fides, Danaumque patescunt
insidiae.
Virgil Aeneid 2, Lines 302-309
How does Virgil make this a vivid and dramatic passage?
In your answer you must refer to the Latin and discuss Virgil's choice and position of words and
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Ilium et ex imo verti Neptunia Troia:
ac veluti summis antiquam in montibus ornum
cum ferro accisam crebrisque bipennibus instant
eruere agricolae certatim, illa usque minatur
et tremefacta comam concusso vertice nutat,
vulneribus donec paulatim evicta supremum
congemuit traxitque iugis avulsa ruinam.
Virgil Aeneid 2, Lines 624-631
How does Virgil make this passage vivid and dramatic?
In your answer you must refer to the Latin and discuss Virgil's choice and position of words and any
other stylistic features.…read more

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Troia
(exsiliumque pati.) `vos o, quibus integer aevi
sanguis,' ait, `solidaeque suo stant robore vires,
vos agitate fugam.
me si caelicolae voluissent ducere vitam,
has mihi seruassent sedes. satis una superque
vidimus excidia et captae superavimus urbi.
sic o sic positum adfati discedite corpus.
ipse manu mortem inveniam; miserebitur hostis
exuviasque petet. facilis iactura sepulcri.…read more

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Iulum:
`si periturus abis, et nos rape in omnia tecum;
sin aliquam expertus sumptis spem ponis in armis,
hanc primum tutare domum. cui parvus Iulus,
cui pater et coniunx quondam tua dicta relinqor?'
talia vociferans gemitu tectum omne replebat,
cum subitum dictuque oritur mirabile monstrum.
namque manus inter maestorumque ora parentum
ecce levis summo de vertice visus Iuli
fundere lumen apex, tactuque innoxia mollis
lambere flamma comas et circum tempora pasci.…read more

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The description of the star's brightness
The effect of the omen on those watching
9. `ergo age, care pater, cervici imponere nostrae;
ipse subibo umeris nec me labor iste gravabit;
quo res cumque cadent, unum et commune periclum,
una salus ambobus erit. mihi parvus Iulus
sit comes, et longe servet vestigia coniunx.
vos, famuli, quae dicam animis advertite vestris.
est urbe egressis tumulus templumque vetustum
desertae Cereris, iuxtaque antiqua cupressus
religione patrum multos servata per annos;
hanc ex diverso sedem veniemus in unam...…read more

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Creusam
fas aut ille sinit superi regnator Olympi.
longa tibi exsilia, et vastum maris aequor arandum:
et terram Hesperiam venies, ubi Lydius arva
inter opima virum leni fluit agmine Thybris;
illic res laetae regnumque et regia coniunx
parta tibi;'
Virgil Aeneid 2, Lines 776-784
How does Creusa's ghost try to put Aeneas' mind at rest?
In your answer you must refer to the Latin and discuss Virgil's choice and position of words and
any other stylistic features.…read more

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