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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) 578 A.D. - 584 A.D.
(b) 78-84 A.D.
(c) 2 A.D. - 7 A.D.
(d) 53-68 A.D.

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

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

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

5. What undertone does Mattingly suggest is written in "The Agricola"?
(a) Agricola single-handedly conquered Britain.
(b) A political tone of moderation.
(c) The Roman Empire should never have tried to conquer Germany.
(d) The emperor is too egocentric to see the Empire's weaknesses.

6. What was Agricola's motivation to conquer Britain?
(a) He wanted to impress his father.
(b) He wanted to get the emperor jealous.
(c) Roman destiny.
(d) He wanted a triumph.

7. Agricola called on whose help to equalize the sword fighting skills of the British?
(a) The Praetorian Guards.
(b) The Batavians and Tungrians.
(c) The Gauls.
(d) The cavalry.

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

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

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

11. According to a Caledonian, what kept the Gauls and Germans under Roman rule?
(a) The benefits under Roman rule.
(b) Lack of warfare experience.
(c) Indolence.
(d) Terror and intimidation.

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

13. What did Tacitus falsely believe Britain had that was worth conquering?
(a) Iron.
(b) Gold and silver.
(c) Excellent cattle and sheep.
(d) Good farming lands.

14. What did Tacitus deny existed in Germany?
(a) Domestic slavery.
(b) Intelligence.
(c) Religion.
(d) Agriculture.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Mattingly, what was most important to Tacitus in his life?

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

3. Mattingly suggests modern Germany thinks of "The Germania" in what way?

4. What happened to Britain's hold after Agricola left?

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

(see the answer keys)

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