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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How did Tacitus handle his political position under an emperor?
(a) Usually manipulated the officials of the emperor to take his stance.
(b) Followed loyally, despite his own feelings.
(c) Believed in whatever the emperor believed in.
(d) Unwavering with his own stance.

2. Of the following, what was more resented by the people than tax?
(a) Occupation of the Roman army.
(b) The lack of citizenship.
(c) The emperor's power.
(d) Profiteering tricks.

3. In the Introduction, Mattingly claims the Germans needed what if they were to ever reach maturity?
(a) A united kingdom.
(b) Power over drinking.
(c) A fierce ruler.
(d) Roman discipline.

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

5. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. As stated by Mattingly, how does Tacitus compare to other historians of his age in regards to his writings about Germany?

2. What did Domitian offer Agricola for his triumph?

3. Tacitus claimed the British military's strength was in __________.

4. What memorable adventure happened to the Usipi?

5. Where did Agricola stand when fighting with his men?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who was Cartimandua and how was she significant in British and Roman history?

2. Tacitus claimed Roman forces were able to defeat Germans after their first encounter due to what?

3. How did Tacitus commend Agricola's utilization of his armies during peacetime? What did Agricola do during peacetime?

4. How was the "Clyde and Forth" both good for the British and the Romans?

5. Compare Britain's geographical location according to Tacitus' knowledge and to how it is known today.

6. How did Tacitus compare the German tribes' religious beliefs to each other and to the Romans?

7. What did Tacitus claim in regards to Agricola's death? What was the motivation and evidence behind the claim?

8. Compare the role of women in German warfare to women in Roman warfare as Tacitus described it.

9. Write a brief summary of the common plan that biographies, such as "The Agricola" follows.

10. What did "civilization" mean to Tacitus?

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