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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. Among the principal military commanders who accompany Julian into Persia are all of these except:

2. When Libanius is refused permission to publish the Julian manuscript, his reaction is:

3. It is in Maiozamalcha that Julian finds the boy who becomes his servant. The boy is:

4. Julian spends his last moments before dying with:

5. Julian claims to have information that _____ is behind the plot to kill him.

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Julian's army encounters the Persian army near Ctesiphon? What orders does Julian give? How does he act in front of the troops? What do you think is actually going on in his mind?

2. After several months as Augustus, Julian's temperament changes, according to Priscus. How does Julian change and why do you think this change occurs?

3. What is Constantius' response when Julian is acclaimed Augustus by the people? What does he do? How do you think he feels?

4. Shortly after the battle of Ctesiphon, Julian is wounded in another battle when he is pierced in the side by a spear. Describe the incident and tell what the outcome is.

5. Describe the situation when Julian enters Persia at the start of the campaign when Julian, his generals and the troops first reach the Euphrates River.

6. Describe the incidence of Helena's death.

7. In his memoirs and his journal, Julian insists that his army and the people love him, that he goes to great lengths to avoid confrontation and do right by the populace, and that his ascension to power is due to the will of the people. Some of these recollections are rather self-serving. Describe some examples of these recollections.

8. Several things happen that suggest to Julian that his death may be imminent. Cite some of these occurrences. What does Julian think about these incidents and how does he react?

9. Julian has grown more and more enamored with belief in the Hellenistic gods and more distant from Christianity. His dislike of Christian holidays is well known. Why does he publicly celebrate Epiphany?

10. Julian may have a sense that he is becoming drunk with power and losing touch with real people and real issues. Describe the incident at the baths that illustrates his awareness.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explore the evolution of Julian's feelings about Christianity. Why do you think his attitude changes and becomes so negative? Is there anything else going on within him or around him that would influence him to become anti-Christian?

Essay Topic 2

There are a number of characters and incidents in the story that show a side of Julian that is kind, compassionate, caring and sympathetic. How do you reconcile this aspect of Julian's personality with his political wiliness, his behavior on the battlefield, his contempt for Christianity and efforts to eradicate it, and other harsh or uncompromising aspects? Which is the 'real' Julian?

Essay Topic 3

Julian is searching to establish his identity, but circumstances force him to grow up quickly and make some tough choices. Discuss Julian's 'coming of age.' How do his experiences while growing into manhood shape him as a man and as a ruler?

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