Claudius the God and His Wife Messalina Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. What does the reader discover about young Pompey?

2. What rumor is going about in the Near East as Claudius fights in Britain?

3. What plan does Britannicus present to Claudius?

4. What happens to Claudius' family when he dies?

5. What sight makes Claudius happy when he reaches heaven?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the fate of the British isle now that the Romans have conquered it?

2. How does Silius react to Claudius when they meet for his trial? Does Silius show malicious intent in his acts or as a victim of Messalina?

3. How does Calpurnia show her loyalty to Claudius?

4. What is the reaction of those in Hell when Claudius arrives? Why do they react this way?

5. What are the gods' opinions of Claudius as they confer on his deity?

6. Of the five additional honors the Senate gives Claudius for his victory in Britain, describe two of them and explain why he is chosen to have these honors.

7. How do rumors that Lucius is protected by double cobras come about?

8. How might reinstating Mithridater to the Armenian throne help quell the alliance forming in the Near East?

9. What punishments does the court in Hell consider for Claudius?

10. How does Herod symbolize his manifestation as the Messiah?

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

Describe the punishments doled out during the ancient Roman times. Examples are execution, banishment, or imprisonment. How effective are each of these punishments? When and how does a jury, emperor, or judge decide on which punishment to give? Cite examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

Compare Claudius' reign as he sees it to how others may see him. What is the same and what is different?

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