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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who does the poet overhear speaking with Corinna in Amores 1:8?
(a) Another man who wants to be her lover.
(b) Corinna's maid.
(c) Corinna's husband.
(d) Dipsas the witch.

2. What class is Ovid considered?
(a) Third class.
(b) First class or the elite.
(c) Second class.
(d) Fifth or the lowest class.

3. What does Ovid do to defend his actions in Amores 1:7?
(a) Explains all lovers take risks.
(b) Explains love drives one to irrational actions.
(c) Cite instances of physical abuse in the gods.
(d) Criticise's his lover's attitude.

4. What does Ovid bid farewell to at the end of Amores book 3?
(a) Sweet moments of passion.
(b) Elegies of love.
(c) Rome.
(d) Corinna.

5. After the attempted abortion, what is Corinna's immediate state?
(a) Still pregnant.
(b) Relieved and exhausted.
(c) In danger for her life.
(d) Remorseful and depressed.

6. Who is Corinna with in Amores 3:8 that Ovid finds especially hurtful?
(a) Another poet.
(b) Her husband.
(c) A soldier.
(d) A new very handsome lover.

7. What is the implied reason that Ovid does not have a military career?
(a) Ovid did not want to become a soldier.
(b) He is too ambitious politically.
(c) There is a medical reason he was unable to serve.
(d) His father is wealthy enough to buy him out of the duty.

8. Who is Ovid trying to persuade to stay away in Amores 1:13?
(a) His father from visiting.
(b) Corinna's husband.
(c) Aurora, the dawn.
(d) Cupid.

9. Why does Corinna's hair fall out?
(a) She falls ill.
(b) She stops eating to lose weight.
(c) She uses too many rinses to color it.
(d) Her husband pulls it out in anger.

10. What advice is Ovid giving to men in Amores 3:4?
(a) To never leave their wives side.
(b) To go on long campaigns of war.
(c) To not object to or try to control adulterous wives.
(d) To have mistresses.

11. In Amores 2:11, who is traveling?
(a) Corinna.
(b) Ovid.
(c) Corinna's husband.
(d) Ovid's father.

12. How much focus does Ovid put on poetry when he finishes his education?
(a) He has given up all hope of becoming a poet and does not think of it at all.
(b) He nurtures his poetic talent on the side while studying for a lucrative career.
(c) He continues to study it diligently even though he does not think he would ever use it.
(d) He focuses all his attention on poetry.

13. Which of the following can best be said about Ovid?
(a) He never will have had a satisfactory political career.
(b) His success is due soley to his family's wealth.
(c) Poetry is they only thing he was admired for.
(d) He enjoys some time with the reputation of being a good statesman and excellent poet.

14. What is one of the clear causes of Ovid's banishment from Rome?
(a) His father's execution for treason.
(b) His speeches against the caesar.
(c) His scandalous and immoral poetry.
(d) His affair with the Caesar's wife.

15. To whom is Ovid speaking in Amores 1:6 as he sits outside the door?
(a) His lover.
(b) The Porter.
(c) Himself.
(d) The gods.

Short Answer Questions

1. Does Ovid have children?

2. Who is Ovid accused of having an affair with in Amores 2:7?

3. Who is Ovid telling to turn a blind eye about the affairs of his lover in Amores 2:2?

4. What is the problem Ovid gives his lover instructions about in the fourth poem of Amores Book I?

5. In Amores 2:9, what does Ovid argue that he should quit?

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