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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Sejanus persuaded Tiberius to. . .
(a) raise the taxes to pay bonuses to the soldiers.
(b) create a special political office for Sejanus.
(c) appoint him to the senate after Haterius left.
(d) build a permanent camp for the Roman Guards.

2. What distinction does Claudius make between Tiberius and Germanicus?
(a) Tiberius was a freethinker, Germanicus was devoutly religious
(b) Tiberius was loyal to Livia, while Germanicus was loyal to Rome
(c) Tiberius was a bad Claudian, while Germanicus was a good one.
(d) Tiberius was more decisive, Germanicus was more cautious

3. What nickname do people use for Claudius?
(a) Claudius the Ugly
(b) Claudius the Cautious
(c) Claudius the Idiot
(d) Claudius the Brave

4. Livia finds out about Postumus's escape by. . .
(a) asking the wife of the man who helped Augustus.
(b) torturing one of Augustus's slaves.
(c) reading some letters that Augustus wrote.
(d) grilling Claudius for what he knows about it.

5. What does the name "Caligula" mean?
(a) Little Emperor
(b) Little Dancer
(c) Little General
(d) Little Boots

6. What is the best part of Germanicus's final incursions against the Germans?
(a) He finds enough gold to finance fighting for another year.
(b) He recaptures one of the three lost Eagles.
(c) He is able to rescue a legion of captured Roman soldiers.
(d) He captures the mother of Flavius, ensuring his loyalty.

7. What does rebel leader Bato compare the Roman governors to?
(a) Wolves
(b) Watch-dogs
(c) Sheep
(d) Shepherds

8. What do the eagles drop into Claudius's gown?
(a) An egg
(b) A wolf cub
(c) A scroll
(d) A lamb

9. How long has Augustus ruled Rome?
(a) Twenty years
(b) Forty years
(c) Sixty years
(d) Fifty-five years

10. What honor does Livia create for Urgulania?
(a) First Daughter of Rome
(b) Chief Priestess to Diana
(c) Mother Confessor for the Vestals
(d) Second Wife of the Emperor

11. What happens to Julilla after Livia exposes her sexual affairs?
(a) She is banished.
(b) She is sentenced to death.
(c) She marries Claudius.
(d) She joins the Vestals.

12. Who kills the German soldier who offered to fight "any Roman?"
(a) Augustus
(b) Cassius Chærea
(c) Germanicus
(d) Roach

13. Where is Claudius during Germanicus's triumphal return to Rome?
(a) In Carthage
(b) In Germany
(c) In Ostia
(d) In Capua

14. What surprises Augustus most about hearing Claudius declaim?
(a) Claudius does not stammer.
(b) The speech goes on for two hours.
(c) Claudius is standing straighter.
(d) The large audience loves Claudius.

15. What does Livia demand Tiberius to do with the letter from his brother, Drusus?
(a) Send it back unread
(b) Send it to Augustus
(c) Throw it into the fire
(d) Read it aloud immediately

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Actë engage to replace herself as Claudius's mistress?

2. Which senator challenges Tiberius's reluctance to accept power?

3. Name all of Julia's husbands.

4. Who does Claudius fall in love with?

5. What events trigger political unrest in Rome in 5 A.D.?

(see the answer keys)

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