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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which Caledonian addressed the British men to inspire courage against the Romans?
(a) Calgacus.
(b) Cogidumnus.
(c) Cuchulain.
(d) Boudicca.

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

3. What did Tacitus falsely believe Britain had that was worth conquering?
(a) Gold and silver.
(b) Iron.
(c) Excellent cattle and sheep.
(d) Good farming lands.

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

5. What did Otho's fleet do to Agricola?
(a) Surprise attacked him from the rear.
(b) Poisoned him.
(c) Murdered his mother and plundered her fortunes.
(d) Denied his power as consul and disobeyed his orders.

6. How did Agricola's successes become so famous?
(a) The number of archaelogical evidence of his forts.
(b) Through Tacitus' writings.
(c) Via Domitian's excessive praise.
(d) Trajan wrote a famous eulogy.

7. How did Domitian receive news of Agricola's successes?
(a) He was proud of his men.
(b) He was jealous.
(c) He was more concerned with Germany and dismissed the news.
(d) He was elated for some good news.

8. Tacitus believed the Germans loved what the most?
(a) Women.
(b) War.
(c) Drinking.
(d) Freedom.

9. What was Rome's knowledge of Britain during Tacitus' lifetime?
(a) Occasional accounts until Agricola arrived and campaigned.
(b) Complete exploration and knowledge due to Julius Caesar.
(c) Nothing more than there were peoples there.
(d) They believed Britain was part of Spain.

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

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

12. How did the British help the Romans succeed in conquering more regions?
(a) The British tribes fought against one another.
(b) The British were fooled to give away their horses to the Romans.
(c) The British underestimated the Roman leaders and was not prepared for war.
(d) The British allied with the Romans on campaigns into Germany.

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

14. Of the following, what was more resented by the people than tax?
(a) Occupation of the Roman army.
(b) The lack of citizenship.
(c) Profiteering tricks.
(d) The emperor's power.

15. In Agricola's third year in Britain, he focused on what in particular?
(a) Tried to leave Britain for Germany.
(b) Granted citizenship for all of Britain.
(c) He built forts.
(d) He extended the conquered land to the entire isle.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Augustus handle the Germans?

2. What would help a defendant of a crime if Agricola was the judge of punishment?

3. What style of writing did Tacitus follow?

4. According to Mattingly, what belief lies in "The Agricola"?

5. What was Agricola best known for?

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