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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who was finally able to restore Roman prestige after years of cruel emperors?
(a) Vitellius.
(b) Vespasian.
(c) Caligula.
(d) Nero.

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

3. 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) A house divided against itself cannot stand.
(c) The Romans are all bark and no bite.
(d) Action speaks louder than words.

4. What was Agricola's reaction to the first attack under his consul?
(a) He sent a messenger with a surrender's note.
(b) He asked the emperor what he should do.
(c) He went where the action was.
(d) He decided to wait and see.

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

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

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

8. What did Domitian offer Agricola for his triumph?
(a) Nothing.
(b) A parade.
(c) Syria.
(d) A post in Germany.

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

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

11. What major characteristic did Tacitus note about the seas around Britain?
(a) They rushed to the ends of the earth.
(b) The width between Britain and Spain was not as far as assumed.
(c) They were easy to sail and row through.
(d) They had a large expanse of tidal currents.

12. What happened to Maroboduus, the Marcomannic king?
(a) He was killed in battle against Britain.
(b) He was poisoned by his wife.
(c) He was killed by the Romans.
(d) He was killed by other Germans.

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

14. Where did Agricola stand when fighting with his men?
(a) He did not fight in the battlegrounds.
(b) In the back.
(c) In the middle as his men surrounded him.
(d) In the very front.

15. How did Augustus handle the Germans?
(a) He kept them at the Rhine.
(b) He advanced over the Rhine.
(c) He ignored their presence and concentrated on Britain.
(d) He advanced to the Elbe.

Short Answer Questions

1. Tacitus believed the Germans loved what the most?

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

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

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

5. Why did Tacitus feel the need to apologize for his life?

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