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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. How old is Hadrian when Marullinus casts the horoscope that says Hadrian will one day rule the world?
(a) Eight.
(b) Fifteen.
(c) Seventeen.
(d) Eleven.

2. While discussing Roman commerce during his time in Antioch, Hadrian mentions that which religious group is a constant problem for Rome in Alexandria?
(a) Mithradites.
(b) Jews.
(c) Christians.
(d) Muslims.

3. After taking command of his own legion and performing well, Hadrian receives what token from Trajan?
(a) Crown.
(b) Sword.
(c) Ring.
(d) Horse.

4. After discussing Trajan's perilous position as he finds enemies on all sides, Hadrian notes that Trajan wastes an entire winter in the siege of which desert fortress?
(a) Cyrene.
(b) Edessa.
(c) Hatra.
(d) Seleucia.

5. As "Tellus Stabilita, 95-122" opens, Hadrian states that which of the following people are concerned only with reopening trade between Rome and India?
(a) Egyptians.
(b) Parthians.
(c) Jews.
(d) Greeks.

Short Answer Questions

1. As "Animula Vagula Blandula" opens, Hadrian has been to see his doctor. What is the doctor's name?

2. As he writes about his death, Hadrian says that he may die in all BUT WHICH of the following places?

3. According to "Varius Multiplex Multiformis, 49-69," what is the only thing Trajan respects at once?

4. Hadrian mentions, in his discussion of how people relate to each other, that he has incurred some criticism because he likes to read what?

5. While talking about books, Hadrian accuses which author of making life lighter than it is?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe what happens to Hadrian when he rides to take news of Domitian's death to his cousin Trajan.

2. After discussing Trajan's plans for the army, why does Hadrian say he likes dealing with the barbarians?

3. As Hadrian discusses his medical condition, what attitude does he seem to have toward his mortality?

4. What does Hadrian learn from the prophetess he meets in the British Isles?

5. As Hadrian begins to question Trajan's military policy, what reason does he give for Trajan's obsession with war?

6. In "Varius Multiplex Multiformis, 49-69," what happens to Hadrian's young mistress who is in love with a dancer?

7. How does the first Sarmatian war change Hadrian?

8. Describe the major political event in Rome that occurs toward the end of "Varius Multiplex Multiformis, 29-49."

9. How does Hadrian react to his marriage insisted upon by Plotina, Trajan's wife?

10. In "Varius Multiplex Multiformis, 69-92," how does Hadrian say Trajan has changed during the Dacian war in comparison to how he was when he welcomed Hadrian in Cologne twenty years earlier?

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