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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What would help a defendant of a crime if Agricola was the judge of punishment?
(a) Absolute evidence of innocence.
(b) Genuine repentance.
(c) Willingness to give service in the Roman army.
(d) Bribery.

2. Of the following, which title did Tacitus never hold?
(a) Colonel.
(b) Governor.
(c) Senator.
(d) Orator.

3. What was the outcome when the British launched a night attack on the 9th legion?
(a) The 9th legion lost many and got incorporated into Agricola's legion.
(b) The British succeeded and brought the momentum into future battles.
(c) Despite the surprise, the sheer number outweighed the British and the 9th legion won.
(d) Agricola followed and attacked the British from the rear.

4. Which German tribe(s) invaded Italy in 113 B.C.?
(a) Osi.
(b) Seubi.
(c) Cimbri and Teutoni.
(d) Fenni.

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

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

7. As stated by Mattingly, how does Tacitus compare to other historians of his age in regards to his writings about Germany?
(a) He was highly appreciated during his time but less so in the present.
(b) One of the best.
(c) Mediocre.
(d) Not appreciated during his time but after his death.

8. Of the following, what was most upsetting for Tacitus in regards to Agricola's death?
(a) No one was able to find the true murderer.
(b) He could not be with Agricola in his time of death.
(c) Agricola did not get to meet his grandchildren.
(d) Agricola suffered a long and painful death.

9. Tacitus noted that the Germans felt which way about gold and silver?
(a) They used it for trade between Germans only.
(b) They had no personal taste for it.
(c) They believed gold and silver were the best metal for weaponry.
(d) They were acquired greedily by the wealthy.

10. According to Mattingly, what belief lies in "The Agricola"?
(a) Roman destiny.
(b) Pure races.
(c) Moderation.
(d) The origin of white man's burden.

11. What lesson from others' experience did Agricola consider when he was victorious in battles?
(a) Injustice afterwards did not help the victory.
(b) Instilling fear in the enemy helped retain control.
(c) He celebrated lavishly to show his power.
(d) Be prepared for a possible revenge.

12. What was Augustus's goal as a Roman leader?
(a) To overtake all of Britain and Ireland.
(b) To conquer and restore Roman honor.
(c) To restore the Republic.
(d) To extend the Roman Empire to twice its size.

13. Mattingly states all of the following are "characteristic weaknesses" of ancient Germans EXCEPT what?
(a) Passion for war.
(b) Drunkeness.
(c) Stubborness.
(d) Indolence.

14. Which Roman ruler was the first to try to conquer Britain?
(a) Claudius.
(b) Caligula.
(c) Julius Caesar.
(d) Tiberius.

15. In the Introduction, Mattingly claims the Germans needed what if they were to ever reach maturity?
(a) A fierce ruler.
(b) A united kingdom.
(c) Roman discipline.
(d) Power over drinking.

Short Answer Questions

1. Tacitus claimed the British military's strength was in __________.

2. How did Agricola's arrival in Britain differ from the usual arrival of a new governor?

3. Which Caledonian addressed the British men to inspire courage against the Romans?

4. Why was so interested in German culture that he wrote about it?

5. How was Arminius received at home after his win over Quintillius?

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