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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. Between which years were Agricola's campaigns in Britain?
(a) 78-84 A.D.
(b) 2 A.D. - 7 A.D.
(c) 578 A.D. - 584 A.D.
(d) 53-68 A.D.

2. Who helped Nerva bring the praetorian guards to obedience?
(a) Agricola.
(b) Vitellius.
(c) Aulus.
(d) Trajan.

3. 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) Not appreciated during his time but after his death.
(c) Mediocre.
(d) One of the best.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Mattingly believes Tacitus underrated what about Rome and Germany's relationship?

3. What was Tacitus' relationship to Agricola?

4. Of the following, what was more resented by the people than tax?

5. How did Augustus handle the Germans?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Tacitus believe Rome's first encounter with Germans occurred?

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

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

4. How did Tacitus feel about the prime of his life in the Empire?

5. What were some hints in "The Agricola" that showed Tacitus' true feelings about Domitian?

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

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

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

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

10. What are some of Mattingly's criticisms of Tacitus' works as a historian?

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