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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was Agricola's reaction to the first attack under his consul?
(a) He decided to wait and see.
(b) He asked the emperor what he should do.
(c) He sent a messenger with a surrender's note.
(d) He went where the action was.

2. What was Rome's knowledge of Britain during Tacitus' lifetime?
(a) Complete exploration and knowledge due to Julius Caesar.
(b) Occasional accounts until Agricola arrived and campaigned.
(c) Nothing more than there were peoples there.
(d) They believed Britain was part of Spain.

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

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

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

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

7. How did the public feel about Agricola's role in Britain?
(a) They believed he was a puppet of Domitian.
(b) They thought he was too soft with the British.
(c) They felt he was a failure in his campaigns.
(d) They were in favor of his work.

8. What political harmony did Tacitus wish to see in the Roman Republic?
(a) Harmony between the Emperor and Senate.
(b) The Senate and the Praetorian Guards.
(c) The Roman Empire and the German tribes.
(d) Autocracy and freedom.

9. For what reason would the Romans not bother to conquer a country?
(a) It was a poor country.
(b) No reason. They would conquer any country.
(c) It lacked good agricultural lands.
(d) It did not have any form of resource.

10. Why did Rome want to conquer Britain?
(a) For their gold and silver.
(b) For their knowledge of arms.
(c) For revenge.
(d) Purely for victory over more lands.

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

12. According to Tacitus, Agricola felt it was more "honourable to __________ than to hate."
(a) Hurt.
(b) Die.
(c) Be loyal.
(d) Love.

13. Of the following, which title did Tacitus never hold?
(a) Colonel.
(b) Governor.
(c) Orator.
(d) Senator.

14. What benefit was there for Agricola when he married Domitia Decidiana?
(a) A closer relationship to the governor of Britain.
(b) Social distinction.
(c) A closer relationship with Domitian.
(d) Greater monetary wealth.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. How did Agricola help rectify the treasury?

4. Agricola was brought up with an education in __________.

5. What was the outcome when the British launched a night attack on the 9th legion?

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