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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What political harmony did Tacitus wish to see in the Roman Republic?
(a) Harmony between the Emperor and Senate.
(b) The Senate and the Praetorian Guards.
(c) The Roman Empire and the German tribes.
(d) Autocracy and freedom.

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

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

4. Tacitus claimed the British military's strength was in __________.
(a) The weaponry.
(b) The infantry.
(c) The cavalry.
(d) The knowledge of the lands.

5. What did Tacitus credit to changing the Gaul's warlike past?
(a) Agriculture.
(b) Tacitus' famous oration on peace.
(c) Their inferiority to German warriors.
(d) Peace within Roman life.

6. How was Agricola's death received in general?
(a) Many did not notice.
(b) It seemed to concern everyone.
(c) The enemies celebrated.
(d) Domitian disallowed grievance over Agricola.

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

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

9. According to Mattingly, what was most important to Tacitus in his life?
(a) His family.
(b) His career.
(c) His mother.
(d) The reigning emperor.

10. When Cerealis became the British governor, how did Agricola prove himself to him?
(a) He did well with army detachment missions.
(b) He always agreed with Cerealis.
(c) He stood up to Cerealis when he disagreed with a plan.
(d) He was the first to offer himself in the line of duty.

11. How did Agricola help rectify the treasury?
(a) He understood the economy of supply and demand.
(b) He recovered stolen objects from temple robbers.
(c) He got rid of the corrupted officials in the department.
(d) He issued more coins.

12. Tacitus credited whom for Roman successes?
(a) The enemies for their own faults.
(b) The governors of the provinces.
(c) The great line of emperors.
(d) The Roman people.

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

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

15. Rome's first attempt to conquer Britain can be described as __________.
(a) A failure.
(b) An easy success.
(c) The end of Celtic culture.
(d) The beginning of colonialism.

Short Answer Questions

1. What undertone does Mattingly suggest is written in "The Agricola"?

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

3. How do modern historians identify Agricola's permanent forts?

4. Tacitus summed up Agricola's features as __________.

5. Mattingly believes Tacitus underrated what about Rome and Germany's relationship?

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