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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. As stated by Mattingly, how does Tacitus compare to other historians of his age in regards to his writings about Germany?
(a) He was highly appreciated during his time but less so in the present.
(b) Mediocre.
(c) One of the best.
(d) Not appreciated during his time but after his death.

2. Mattingly suggests modern Germany thinks of "The Germania" in what way?
(a) As an unofficial work without real evidence.
(b) As wrong and banned from the schools.
(c) As fictitious.
(d) As a patriotic piece.

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

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

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

6. Before Tacitus' time, a person who wrote an autobiography was considered to be__________.
(a) Insecure.
(b) Egocentric.
(c) Self-confident.
(d) Not worth reading about.

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

8. Where did Agricola primarily spend his time in the military?
(a) Rome.
(b) Spain.
(c) Britain.
(d) Germany.

9. What memorable adventure happened to the Usipi?
(a) They had the best victory over Roman legions in history.
(b) They almost drowned in stormy seas off the coast of Britain.
(c) They ran into the Fenni and were almost eaten by them.
(d) They sailed around North Britain, starved and were mistaken as pirates.

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

11. Which German tribe(s) invaded Italy in 113 B.C.?
(a) Osi.
(b) Cimbri and Teutoni.
(c) Seubi.
(d) Fenni.

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

13. Agricola was brought up with an education in __________.
(a) Martial arts.
(b) British history.
(c) German history.
(d) Liberal arts.

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

15. How was Agricola's death received in general?
(a) It seemed to concern everyone.
(b) The enemies celebrated.
(c) Many did not notice.
(d) Domitian disallowed grievance over Agricola.

Short Answer Questions

1. The beginning years of British conquest can be described as __________.

2. The British speech Tacitus paraphrased in "The Agricola" that was used to rally against the Romans can be summed up in which statement?

3. According to a Caledonian, what kept the Gauls and Germans under Roman rule?

4. With which ruler did Agricola have the most tense relationship?

5. Between which years were Agricola's campaigns in Britain?

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