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. As stated by Mattingly, how does Tacitus compare to other historians of his age in regards to his writings about Germany?

2. With which ruler did Agricola have the most tense relationship?

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

4. What style of writing did Tacitus follow?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What was Tacitus' theory of why the sun did not set in northern Britain?

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

4. Tacitus described marriage in German cultures. According to his description, what were common gifts between a man and woman that were to be married? What did the gifts symbolized?

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

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

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

8. What did Tacitus claim in regards to Agricola's death? What was the motivation and evidence behind the claim?

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

10. Describe Tacitus' theories of British origin.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Mattingly suggested Germania might have had a small influence in the Nazi effort of bringing back a pure race. What evidence in "The Germania" could support this theory?


Essay Topic 2

Describe the strengths of Britain that helped them resist and eventually drive off the Romans, and the weaknesses that allowed the Romans to rule over them for a certain period.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the history of the name "Germania." How did it come about, why and what made it stick?

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