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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What time period does Ovid live in?
(a) The second century.
(b) The 1500s.
(c) During the reign of Julius Caesar.
(d) Around the time of Christ.

2. What advice does Ovid overhear a person giving Corinna in Amores 1:8?
(a) How to use love for financial advantage.
(b) That she had better no entertain any other lovers.
(c) How to end the relationship with Ovid.
(d) How to make herself more attractive.

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

4. In Amores 2:17, what attribute of Corinna does Ovid say keeps him enslaved?
(a) Her good heart.
(b) Her innocence.
(c) Her passion for him.
(d) Her beauty.

5. What does Ovid's wife do when he is banished?
(a) Accompany him in exile.
(b) Lobby for his return but stay in Rome.
(c) Divorce him.
(d) Annul the marriage.

6. What story does Ovid tell in Amores 3:6 in hopes of winning sympathy?
(a) The death of Tibullus.
(b) The story of Achilles.
(c) The story of the Caesar's own marriage.
(d) The story of a river that fell in love.

7. Whose baby does Ovid suppose Corinna is carrying when she tries to get an abortion?
(a) He doesn't know.
(b) Her other lover's.
(c) Ovid's.
(d) Her husband's.

8. How long does Ovid's family live?
(a) Ovid dies a young man before his talents have totally matured.
(b) They all live reasonably long lives.
(c) Ovid lives longer than all of his children.
(d) They all die young.

9. What is the forte of the parrot that dies in Amores 2:6?
(a) Talking.
(b) Swinging upside down.
(c) Catching nuts.
(d) His beautiful plumage.

10. According to Ovid, what happens when people resist the powers of love?
(a) Isolation and denial.
(b) A much more thorough "going-over" than those who admit they are hooked.
(c) Drowning in the sea.
(d) A life on land instead of in the skies.

11. What do people say about Ovid's speeches?
(a) They can bring peace between warring nations.
(b) They motivate the masses.
(c) His poetic ability is clear in them.
(d) They increase patriotism.

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

13. In Amores 2:4, what type of woman does Ovid express a preference for?
(a) Smart ones.
(b) Demure ones.
(c) All of them.
(d) Blondes.

14. In Amores 2:10, how does Ovid say he would like to die?
(a) Murdered tragically by a jealous husband.
(b) By the hand of his beloved.
(c) Peacefully in bed.
(d) In a mid-coital act.

15. What problem does Ovid have in Amores 2:10?
(a) Corinna's husband suspects their affair.
(b) He suspects Corinna is about to leave him.
(c) He has two lovers and he cannot choose whom he prefers.
(d) He is too tired to respond to his lovers advances.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Amores 2:3, who is Ovid trying to convince to help him as a go-between?

2. In Amores 3:3, what does Ovid say pretty girls should get away with?

3. Who does Ovid threaten with exposure if she denies him in Amores 2:8?

4. Who is Ovid trying to persuade to stay away in Amores 1:13?

5. Of what does Ovid dream in Amores 3:5?

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