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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why did Tacitus provide so much British history in "The Agricola"?
(a) It was a warning to the Roman Empire of their dangerous presence.
(b) It showed how the Roman Empire improved British lives.
(c) It showed how British history influenced Roman culture.
(d) It compared how much Agricola did for the Empire.

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

3. What did Agricola not live to see?
(a) Germany cross the Rhine into Roman territory.
(b) Britain revolt and gain back all its land.
(c) His daughter get married.
(d) Domitian seige the Senate.

4. 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.

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

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

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

8. How did Agricola take advantage of his first victory?
(a) He did not.
(b) He took a promotion.
(c) He took the majority of the spoils.
(d) He asked for a parade.

9. How were officials chosen for provinces?
(a) By the people.
(b) By the praetorian guards.
(c) The Senate chose for peaceful provinces and the emperor for restless ones.
(d) The emperor chose for all provinces.

10. What memorable adventure happened to the Usipi?
(a) They sailed around North Britain, starved and were mistaken as pirates.
(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 almost drowned in stormy seas off the coast of Britain.

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

12. How did Agricola help rectify the treasury?
(a) He got rid of the corrupted officials in the department.
(b) He issued more coins.
(c) He understood the economy of supply and demand.
(d) He recovered stolen objects from temple robbers.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Of the following, which title did Tacitus never hold?

2. The invasion of Italy by the Germans was __________.

3. What did Tacitus deny existed in Germany?

4. Why did Rome want to conquer Britain?

5. According to Mattingly, what seems to be missing from Tacitus' accounts of Britain?

(see the answer keys)

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