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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.…

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2. excutior somno et summi fastigia tecti
ascensu supero atque arrectis auribus asto:
in segetem veluti cum flamma furentibus 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…

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4. tum vero omne mihi visum considere in ignis
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…

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5. antiquasque domos, genitor, quem tollere in altos
optabam primum montis primumque petebam,
abnegat excisa vitam producere 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…

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7. ecce autem complexa pedes in limine coniunx
haerebat, parvumque patri tendebat 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…

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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…

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11. `quid tantum insano iuvat indulgere dolori,
o dulcis coniunx? non haec sine numine divum
eveniunt: nec te hinc comitem asportare 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…

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