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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. 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 British history influenced Roman culture.
(d) It showed how the Roman Empire improved British lives.

2. What happened to Britain's hold after Agricola left?
(a) Everything won had been lost.
(b) There was a steady weakening of Roman hold.
(c) Little change occurred.
(d) Many forts were abandoned.

3. The British speech Tacitus paraphrased in "The Agricola" that was used to rally against the Romans can be summed up in which statement?
(a) Show the Romans they are biting off more than they can chew.
(b) The Romans are all bark and no bite.
(c) Action speaks louder than words.
(d) A house divided against itself cannot stand.

4. Mattingly observes what defect in Tactitus' writings?
(a) Exaggeration of stories.
(b) Carelessness in geography and military history.
(c) Carelessness in proper names and dates.
(d) Misspellings.

5. Rome's first attempt to conquer Britain can be described as __________.
(a) The beginning of colonialism.
(b) A failure.
(c) An easy success.
(d) The end of Celtic culture.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which Caledonian addressed the British men to inspire courage against the Romans?

2. What happened to Maroboduus, the Marcomannic king?

3. Why did Rome want to conquer Britain?

4. How were officials chosen for provinces?

5. How did Domitian receive news of Agricola's successes?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are some ways historians confirm Tacitus' account of Germany?

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

4. How did Tacitus describe Britain when Agricola was first stationed there?

5. How did Tacitus describe Fenni life and how they reached a state of contentment that was far from Roman life?

6. When Claudius conquered parts of Britain, describe the way the British accepted this turn in history as Tacitus saw it.

7. What characteristic did Tacitus describe in Agricola in regards to judicial duties?

8. How did Tacitus describe slavery in Germany?

9. How did the promotion to patrician by Vespasian help Agricola? Tacitus believed Agricola strove for what in his career?

10. How did Agricola use surprise to attack Anglesey?

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