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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. With which ruler did Agricola have the most tense relationship?
(a) Vespasian.
(b) Trajan.
(c) Domitian.
(d) Caligula.

2. How did Agricola's father get Gaius the emperor angry at him?
(a) He attempted murder on one of his favorite Senators.
(b) He defied orders and campaigned past the Rhine.
(c) He was famous and succeeded in life.
(d) He defied orders and refused to conquer Britain.

3. How did Agricola's arrival in Britain differ from the usual arrival of a new governor?
(a) The legions saluted him.
(b) There was no pagaentry.
(c) There was a parade.
(d) The auxiliaries had put on a military salute for him.

4. The beginning years of British conquest can be described as __________.
(a) A swing of victories between both parties.
(b) A slow but progressive campaign by the Romans.
(c) The Romans fighting against a brick wall with no arms.
(d) A rollover of the British isle by the Romans.

5. How did Agricola take advantage of his first victory?
(a) He took a promotion.
(b) He did not.
(c) He took the majority of the spoils.
(d) He asked for a parade.

6. What style of writing did Tacitus follow?
(a) Long-winded.
(b) Brief and poetic.
(c) Allegorical.
(d) Stream of conscious.

7. What was Agricola best known for?
(a) His ability to execute a surprise attack.
(b) His tactics and forts.
(c) His diplomatic skills.
(d) His oratory skills.

8. Despite a quiet retirement, why did many ask Agricola to return to duty?
(a) He was charming and convincing with the enemy.
(b) Tacitus actively promoted the idea to everyone.
(c) He was the only one who kept Domitian in line.
(d) The other generals were failures.

9. For what reason would the Romans not bother to conquer a country?
(a) It did not have any form of resource.
(b) No reason. They would conquer any country.
(c) It lacked good agricultural lands.
(d) It was a poor country.

10. What did Agricola not live to see?
(a) Domitian seige the Senate.
(b) His daughter get married.
(c) Britain revolt and gain back all its land.
(d) Germany cross the Rhine into Roman territory.

11. When Agricola returned to Rome, why did he intentionally return at night?
(a) The parade was more fun at night.
(b) To avoid Domitian.
(c) To avoid publicity.
(d) To surprise his wife.

12. According to Tacitus, Agricola felt it was more "honourable to __________ than to hate."
(a) Be loyal.
(b) Die.
(c) Hurt.
(d) Love.

13. What was Tacitus' relationship to Agricola?
(a) He was Agricola's son-in-law.
(b) He was Agricola's son.
(c) They had no direct relationship.
(d) He was Agricola's military right hand man.

14. How do modern historians identify Agricola's permanent forts?
(a) By Trajan's detailed accounts.
(b) By Tacitus' detailed accounts.
(c) By Mattingly's history research.
(d) Through archaelogical excavation.

15. The British speech Tacitus paraphrased in "The Agricola" that was used to rally against the Romans can be summed up in which statement?
(a) A house divided against itself cannot stand.
(b) Show the Romans they are biting off more than they can chew.
(c) Action speaks louder than words.
(d) The Romans are all bark and no bite.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which Roman ruler was the first to try to conquer Britain?

2. As stated by Mattingly, how does Tacitus compare to other historians of his age in regards to his writings about Germany?

3. What lesson from others' experience did Agricola consider when he was victorious in battles?

4. Who helped Nerva bring the praetorian guards to obedience?

5. What did Tacitus falsely believe Britain had that was worth conquering?

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