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

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

3. 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.

4. What major characteristic did Tacitus note about the seas around Britain?
(a) The width between Britain and Spain was not as far as assumed.
(b) They were easy to sail and row through.
(c) They had a large expanse of tidal currents.
(d) They rushed to the ends of the earth.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Agricola called on whose help to equalize the sword fighting skills of the British?

2. What did Tacitus credit to changing the Gaul's warlike past?

3. According to Mattingly, what belief lies in "The Agricola"?

4. Tacitus credited whom for Roman successes?

5. Why did Tacitus feel the need to apologize for his life?

Short Essay Questions

1. "The Germania" is the study of what in particular? Why was Tacitus so concerned?

2. Tacitus wrote "The Hundred" was what significance to Germany?

3. Describe the state of the Roman army as Tacitus believed it to be in Britain during peacetime.

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

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

6. What does Mattingly claim about German gods and the American calendar system?

7. What were some false beliefs Tacitus had about Britain?

8. Looking at the lineage of emperors, what did Tacitus notice in regards to choosing an emperor?

9. Tacitus believed what was the general custom concerning the dead in Germany?

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

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