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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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.

2. Why was so interested in German culture that he wrote about it?
(a) He believed Germans would make great slaves.
(b) He believed Germans had much to offer Roman civilization.
(c) He believed Germans were desecendants from the same gods.
(d) He believed Germans were a constant threat.

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

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

5. Before Tacitus' time, a person who wrote an autobiography was considered to be__________.
(a) Insecure.
(b) Egocentric.
(c) Self-confident.
(d) Not worth reading about.

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

7. 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) Agricola followed and attacked the British from the rear.
(c) The British succeeded and brought the momentum into future battles.
(d) Despite the surprise, the sheer number outweighed the British and the 9th legion won.

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

9. Mattingly observes what defect in Tactitus' writings?
(a) Misspellings.
(b) Carelessness in proper names and dates.
(c) Exaggeration of stories.
(d) Carelessness in geography and military history.

10. Between which years was Tacitus alive?
(a) A.D. 500-1115.
(b) A.D. 85-150.
(c) A.D. 50-115.
(d) B.C. 50-115.

11. According to a Caledonian, what kept the Gauls and Germans under Roman rule?
(a) Indolence.
(b) Terror and intimidation.
(c) The benefits under Roman rule.
(d) Lack of warfare experience.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Agricola not live to see?

2. Tacitus credited whom for Roman successes?

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

4. Mattingly states all of the following are "characteristic weaknesses" of ancient Germans EXCEPT what?

5. Agricola called on whose help to equalize the sword fighting skills of the British?

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