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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. Tacitus claimed Domitian was ridiculed by the people for what reason?

2. In the Introduction, Mattingly claims the Germans needed what if they were to ever reach maturity?

3. Tacitus summed up Agricola's features as __________.

4. What did Otho's fleet do to Agricola?

5. Tacitus felt what lesson was the hardest to remember in philosophy?

Short Essay Questions

1. "The Germania" is the study of what in particular? Why was Tacitus so concerned?

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

3. Between "The Agricola" and "The Germania," what seemed most significant to Tacitus? What common underlying theme was observed in both books?

4. Describe the Germans judicial system as Tacitus understood it.

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

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

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

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

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

10. What were some hints in "The Agricola" that showed Tacitus' true feelings about Domitian?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the German tribes. How were each culturally the same or different? What were some factors that lend to the similarities and differences?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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