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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What rumor was spread after Agricola's death?
(a) His triumphs were shams.
(b) He was poisoned.
(c) He never fought in a battle.
(d) He commited suicide.

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

3. Who helped Nerva bring the praetorian guards to obedience?
(a) Trajan.
(b) Agricola.
(c) Aulus.
(d) Vitellius.

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

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

6. What style of writing did Tacitus follow?
(a) Long-winded.
(b) Brief and poetic.
(c) Stream of conscious.
(d) Allegorical.

7. 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 rushed to the ends of the earth.
(c) They had a large expanse of tidal currents.
(d) They were easy to sail and row through.

8. What was Agricola best known for?
(a) His ability to execute a surprise attack.
(b) His diplomatic skills.
(c) His oratory skills.
(d) His tactics and forts.

9. According to Mattingly, what was most important to Tacitus in his life?
(a) His family.
(b) His career.
(c) The reigning emperor.
(d) His mother.

10. 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 had no personal taste for it.
(c) They were acquired greedily by the wealthy.
(d) They used it for trade between Germans only.

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

12. Tired of Roman rule, under whom did the British unit to revolt while Paulinus was in Britain?
(a) Caratacus.
(b) Aulus.
(c) King Cogidumnus.
(d) Boudicca.

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

14. Tacitus felt what lesson was the hardest to remember in philosophy?
(a) Accordance between religion and humanities.
(b) Ethics.
(c) Impartiality.
(d) A sense of proportion.

15. What lesson from others' experience did Agricola consider when he was victorious in battles?
(a) Instilling fear in the enemy helped retain control.
(b) Injustice afterwards did not help the victory.
(c) Be prepared for a possible revenge.
(d) He celebrated lavishly to show his power.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Of the following, what was more resented by the people than tax?

3. Of the following, which power did the Roman emperor NOT possess?

4. In the battle against the united British tribes on Mount Graupius, how did the number of fallen compare?

5. Which German tribe(s) invaded Italy in 113 B.C.?

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