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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Tacitus noted that __________ were often confused with Germans by the "civilized."
(a) The Osi.
(b) The Celtics.
(c) The Spaniards.
(d) The Gauls.

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

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

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

5. Why did Tacitus feel the need to apologize for his life?
(a) He failed to be as great as Agricola.
(b) He lacked in military success.
(c) He was a Senator during tyranny.
(d) He failed to prevent Agricola's poisoning.

6. In the battle against the united British tribes on Mount Graupius, how did the number of fallen compare?
(a) 10,000 British, 360 Romans.
(b) 360 British, 10,000 Romans.
(c) 1000 British, 1000 Romans.
(d) 500 British, 300 Romans.

7. What happened to the emperor of Rome?
(a) Assassinated.
(b) Understood the significance of the Senate during his reign.
(c) Died in old age.
(d) Killed in battle.

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

9. In the Introduction, Mattingly claims the Germans needed what if they were to ever reach maturity?
(a) A fierce ruler.
(b) A united kingdom.
(c) Roman discipline.
(d) Power over drinking.

10. Agricola called on whose help to equalize the sword fighting skills of the British?
(a) The Praetorian Guards.
(b) The Batavians and Tungrians.
(c) The Gauls.
(d) The cavalry.

11. Mattingly believes Tacitus underrated what about Rome and Germany's relationship?
(a) Their influence of advancing weaponry in each other's culture.
(b) The equal influence of religious culture on one another.
(c) The diplomatic assemblies that occurred without violence.
(d) The amount of trade that occurred.

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

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

14. Mattingly states all of the following are "characteristic weaknesses" of ancient Germans EXCEPT what?
(a) Drunkeness.
(b) Passion for war.
(c) Indolence.
(d) Stubborness.

15. What memorable adventure happened to the Usipi?
(a) They almost drowned in stormy seas off the coast of Britain.
(b) They ran into the Fenni and were almost eaten by them.
(c) They had the best victory over Roman legions in history.
(d) They sailed around North Britain, starved and were mistaken as pirates.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Domitian receive news of Agricola's successes?

2. When Agricola returned to Rome, why did he intentionally return at night?

3. Rome's first attempt to conquer Britain can be described as __________.

4. What benefit was there for Agricola when he married Domitia Decidiana?

5. Tacitus claimed the British military's strength was in __________.

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