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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Herod cheat his brother, Aristobulus?

2. What new holiday does Claudius add to the calendar?

3. What brings Herod to Bashan?

4. What happens from the action of Herodius convincing Antipas to care about Herod's state of affairs?

5. Who does Antonia marry?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Aristobulus revenge his brother Herod?

3. How do Herod and Cypros make it in Edom? From whom do they get help, and how?

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

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

6. According to Claudius, describe the class of men that Herod the Agrippa best fits into.

7. How does Claudius read people? When in court, how does Claudius decide what kind of defendant a person is?

8. What does Claudius do to embarrass the amateur actors that performed under Caligula's rule? Why does he do this? What does this show about Claudius' character?

9. What is Claudius' intention when he brings up his past reputation of being the fool and imbecile to the Senate the eve of Scribonianus' rebellion?

10. What is the catalyst that causes Claudius to wage war on Britain?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Druid rituals and practices. Then, discuss why Roman culture would disagree with the religion more than any other religions it tolerates within its kingdom.

Essay Topic 2

Write about Britannicus' fate to die by Nero. Is it the prophecy? Is it because Claudius never gave him a chance? Did Britannicus have a chance to fight against Nero? How so?

Essay Topic 3

Herod advises Claudius to trust no one. How does this advice turn back on him? How is it good advice for Claudius after all?

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