The Agricola; and the Germania; Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Between which years was Tacitus alive?

2. What was one way a non-native established Roman citizenship?

3. What did Tacitus falsely believe Britain had that was worth conquering?

4. How do modern historians identify Agricola's permanent forts?

5. How did the public feel about Agricola's role in Britain?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did "civilization" mean to Tacitus?

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

3. Tacitus wrote "The Hundred" was what significance to Germany?

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

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

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

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

8. How did Tacitus describe slavery in Germany?

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

10. Describe the role and power of a Roman emperor as described by Tacitus.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What must a reader be aware of when reading a non-fictional history book such as "The Agricola" and "The Germania"? How does this awareness help the reader detect bias and judgment from primary sources? How can this help the reader be a better historian when researching a subject? The students can use Mattingly as an example.

Essay Topic 2

What are some ways Roman culture influenced the Germans? What are some ways the Germans influenced the Romans and its people?

Essay Topic 3

According to Tacitus, how had storytelling changed over generations?

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