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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What other country did Agricola want to conquer in order to surround Britain?
(a) Spain.
(b) Germany.
(c) Ireland.
(d) Gauls.

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

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

6. What was Augustus's goal as a Roman leader?
(a) To conquer and restore Roman honor.
(b) To restore the Republic.
(c) To overtake all of Britain and Ireland.
(d) To extend the Roman Empire to twice its size.

7. Where did Rome tend to enact its rules?
(a) They were unsuccessful in doing so.
(b) In the conquered colonies.
(c) Amongst the impoverished rural areas.
(d) In the cities and money classes.

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

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

10. What happened to Britain's hold after Agricola left?
(a) Many forts were abandoned.
(b) Everything won had been lost.
(c) There was a steady weakening of Roman hold.
(d) Little change occurred.

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

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

13. What would help a defendant of a crime if Agricola was the judge of punishment?
(a) Genuine repentance.
(b) Absolute evidence of innocence.
(c) Bribery.
(d) Willingness to give service in the Roman army.

14. 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.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Tacitus noted that __________ were often confused with Germans by the "civilized."

3. Mattingly observes what defect in Tactitus' writings?

4. What did Domitian offer Agricola for his triumph?

5. Where did Agricola primarily spend his time in the military?

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