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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. Tacitus believed the Germans loved what the most?
(a) Freedom.
(b) War.
(c) Drinking.
(d) Women.

2. Mattingly suggests modern Germany thinks of "The Germania" in what way?
(a) As an unofficial work without real evidence.
(b) As fictitious.
(c) As a patriotic piece.
(d) As wrong and banned from the schools.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why was so interested in German culture that he wrote about it?

2. What was Agricola's motivation to conquer Britain?

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

4. Why did Rome want to conquer Britain?

5. In Agricola's third year in Britain, he focused on what in particular?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how Tacitus wrote about Agricola's role as a military apprentice under Suetonius Paulinus.

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

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

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

5. When Galba undertook Roman rule, how did Tacitus describe Germany's reaction? What did this indicate about Germany's relationship with Rome?

6. Why did Tacitus provide so much British history in "The Agricola?"

7. Describe Tacitus' theories of British origin.

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

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

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

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