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

2. What did Agricola do in his first year that helped Britain appreciate peace more?
(a) Was lenient in giving citizenships.
(b) Stopped corrupt officials.
(c) Did not always impose the emperor's laws that were harsh on the people.
(d) Relaxed the presence of the Roman army.

3. When Cerealis became the British governor, how did Agricola prove himself to him?
(a) He stood up to Cerealis when he disagreed with a plan.
(b) He did well with army detachment missions.
(c) He was the first to offer himself in the line of duty.
(d) He always agreed with Cerealis.

4. Why did Tacitus provide so much British history in "The Agricola"?
(a) It was a warning to the Roman Empire of their dangerous presence.
(b) It compared how much Agricola did for the Empire.
(c) It showed how the Roman Empire improved British lives.
(d) It showed how British history influenced Roman culture.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did Rome want to conquer Britain?

2. In the Introduction, Mattingly claims the Germans needed what if they were to ever reach maturity?

3. Of the following, which title did Tacitus never hold?

4. Rome's first attempt to conquer Britain can be described as __________.

5. Where did Agricola primarily spend his time in the military?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Tacitus describe Agricola's tactic to gain the British tribes' submission?

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

3. How did Tacitus describe slavery in Germany?

4. How did Tacitus compare the living arrangements of the Germans to the Romans?

5. How did the Roman profiteers take advantage of the British natives?

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

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

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

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

10. Why did Tacitus believe it was unlikely the Germans were immigrants from elsewhere?

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