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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Between which years were Agricola's campaigns in Britain?
(a) 78-84 A.D.
(b) 53-68 A.D.
(c) 578 A.D. - 584 A.D.
(d) 2 A.D. - 7 A.D.

2. Where did Agricola stand when fighting with his men?
(a) He did not fight in the battlegrounds.
(b) In the very front.
(c) In the middle as his men surrounded him.
(d) In the back.

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

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

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

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

7. Tacitus claimed Domitian was ridiculed by the people for what reason?
(a) A fake triumph in Germany.
(b) His wife commited adultery.
(c) His son was a coward in battle.
(d) A fake triumph in Britain.

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

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

10. When Agricola returned to Rome, why did he intentionally return at night?
(a) The parade was more fun at night.
(b) To avoid Domitian.
(c) To avoid publicity.
(d) To surprise his wife.

11. Tacitus noted that the Germans felt which way about gold and silver?
(a) They used it for trade between Germans only.
(b) They believed gold and silver were the best metal for weaponry.
(c) They had no personal taste for it.
(d) They were acquired greedily by the wealthy.

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

13. With which ruler did Agricola have the most tense relationship?
(a) Trajan.
(b) Vespasian.
(c) Domitian.
(d) Caligula.

14. What was the outcome when the British launched a night attack on the 9th legion?
(a) Despite the surprise, the sheer number outweighed the British and the 9th legion won.
(b) The British succeeded and brought the momentum into future battles.
(c) Agricola followed and attacked the British from the rear.
(d) The 9th legion lost many and got incorporated into Agricola's legion.

15. Which Caledonian addressed the British men to inspire courage against the Romans?
(a) Cuchulain.
(b) Boudicca.
(c) Cogidumnus.
(d) Calgacus.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happened to Maroboduus, the Marcomannic king?

2. What did Tacitus deny existed in Germany?

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

4. How was Arminius received at home after his win over Quintillius?

5. What did Tacitus falsely believe Britain had that was worth conquering?

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