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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was finally able to restore Roman prestige after years of cruel emperors?

2. For what reason would the Romans not bother to conquer a country?

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

4. What happened to the emperor of Rome?

5. Tacitus credited whom for Roman successes?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe reasons why the British believed "peacetime" under Roman rule was equivalent to slavery.

5. What did Tacitus intend to write in his old age, but why was it never written?

6. Who were Titus and Domitian and what was their relationship to the Roman Empire?

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

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

9. What did Agricola give to Domitian in his will? How was it received by Domitian as Tacitus believed it?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

How did Tacitus feel about the Roman Empire? What shows this? Did he agree with conquests and campaigns or was he in disagreement with the Roman way of life?

Essay Topic 2

As a historian, write how well Tacitus described the German peoples, culture, land, climate, etc. Did he do well with detail, impartiality, etc.? Provide evidence from the book.

Essay Topic 3

What did Tacitus fail to detail when telling the biography of Agricola's surroundings and environment? Was this intentional or a reflection of his faults as a writer? Provide areas where he could have given more detail and how it would help the biography.

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