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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. During Agricola's praetorship, his responsibility of public games can be described as __________.
(a) Excessive.
(b) Too sparse in public opinion.
(c) Strictly prohibitive.
(d) A happy medium.

3. 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) Not appreciated during his time but after his death.
(c) One of the best.
(d) Mediocre.

4. When Cerealis became the British governor, how did Agricola prove himself to him?
(a) He always agreed with Cerealis.
(b) He did well with army detachment missions.
(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.

5. 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) Tried to leave Britain for Germany.
(d) He extended the conquered land to the entire isle.

6. What undertone does Mattingly suggest is written in "The Agricola"?
(a) The emperor is too egocentric to see the Empire's weaknesses.
(b) Agricola single-handedly conquered Britain.
(c) A political tone of moderation.
(d) The Roman Empire should never have tried to conquer Germany.

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

8. What did Agricola do in his first year that helped Britain appreciate peace more?
(a) Did not always impose the emperor's laws that were harsh on the people.
(b) Was lenient in giving citizenships.
(c) Stopped corrupt officials.
(d) Relaxed the presence of the Roman army.

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

10. What was the outcome when the British launched a night attack on the 9th legion?
(a) Agricola followed and attacked the British from the rear.
(b) The 9th legion lost many and got incorporated into Agricola's legion.
(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.

11. Despite a quiet retirement, why did many ask Agricola to return to duty?
(a) He was the only one who kept Domitian in line.
(b) The other generals were failures.
(c) He was charming and convincing with the enemy.
(d) Tacitus actively promoted the idea to everyone.

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

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

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

15. Of the following, which power did the Roman emperor NOT possess?
(a) Ability to recall elections.
(b) Power of censorship.
(c) Military command.
(d) Initiate legislation.

Short Answer Questions

1. Mattingly suggests modern Germany thinks of "The Germania" in what way?

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

3. What was one way a non-native established Roman citizenship?

4. What major characteristic did Tacitus note about the seas around Britain?

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

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