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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Claudius do to Caligula's statues?
(a) Stores them in a warehouse.
(b) Refurbishes them with his own head.
(c) Refurbishes them with Augustus' head.
(d) Melts them into coins.

2. What dream does Narcissus have about Claudius?
(a) Silanus will attempt to murder Claudius.
(b) Silanus will attempt to murder Messalina.
(c) Claudius is going to lose his title of emperor.
(d) Messalina is committing adultery.

3. Of the following, which is NOT a reason Caesar wants to invade Britain?
(a) To compete against Pompey's military campaigns.
(b) To revenge the Celts assault.
(c) Gold.
(d) Trading posts.

4. What symbols represent life and death in Druidism?
(a) Oak tree, ram, and a violet.
(b) Water, stone, and fire.
(c) Maple tree, snake, and black bull.
(d) Oak tree, snake, and white bull.

5. How does Claudius feel about being an emperor?
(a) He believes this is the time to prove everyone who doubts him.
(b) He feels secure if Herod becomes his adviser.
(c) He feels compelled to do it by the support of others.
(d) He is not fully aware of his power.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who ends up committing suicide because of the way Caligula rules the Roman Empire?

2. What change in treasury does Claudius do?

3. How does the Senate show their apologies to Claudius?

4. What drives Herod from his post as a magistrate?

5. What campaign does Claudius give Gabinius?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Claudius strip off the gold and silver plated chariot?

2. What causes the governor of the prison to distrust Herod?

3. How does Claudius get his German slaves to tell him where the last Eagle is?

4. How does Herod run his kingdom? What examples show how he handles his power? Does he use it for himself or for the Jewish population?

5. What is Herod's advice to the Senate on what to do after Caligula's assassination?

6. Claudius states his intention is to hand the rule over as soon as the ruckus of Caligula's assassination is over. However, Claudius stays on as emperor. What reason does Claudius give to justify why he remains in power?

7. How does Claudius feel about his infirmities? Why does he end up seeing a doctor? What does this event foreshadow?

8. How does Claudius frighten the corn factors into giving him a loan of a million gold pieces?

9. Herod seems to always be on the run, yet others predict Herod's future as powerful. Name these instances, who prophesies them, what they predict and how Herod reacts.

10. How is it ironic for Messalina to be The Director of Public Morals?

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