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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Amores 3:11, Ovid claims, "Your morals turn me off, your body on." Which one does he say is likely to win out?
(a) His morals will her reform her.
(b) "Love" or her body.
(c) His distaste for her personality.
(d) His morals will decline to match his lust.

2. What does Ovid object to and says cools his passion?
(a) His lover taunting him.
(b) His lover wearing too much makeup.
(c) His lover asking for gifts.
(d) His lover continuing relations with her husband.

3. What does Ovid constantly get distracted by while in the arena?
(a) Thoughts of Corinna.
(b) The girl who accompanies him.
(c) Pretty women passing by.
(d) An incomplete verse he has left.

4. In Amores 9B, which of the following does Ovid prefer?
(a) To be alone.
(b) To be deceived by a mistress.
(c) To sleep peacefully every night.
(d) To be dead.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Ovid's first marriage end?

2. What does Ovid bid farewell to at the end of Amores book 3?

3. In Amores 2:15, what item does Ovid wish he was?

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

5. When does Ovid marry for the first time?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Elegy lame and "short in one foot" in the beginning of Amores book 2?

2. How does Corinna's husband's involvement or lack of involvement affect Ovid's feelings for Corinna?

3. Why is Ovid waiting outside a door in Amores 1:6? What does he hope will happen?

4. Why is Ovid banished from Rome?

5. Who dies in Amores 2? Does this character have a special ability?

6. What happens to Ovid after his banishment? How long does he live?

7. What does Ovid devote an entire poem to compare lovers to in Amores? Why are they similar?

8. Does Ovid marry? Does he have children? Describe Ovid's matrimonial and parental experiences.

9. What does Ovid hope to accomplish by telling the story of the river that falls in love with the wandering woman to the stream?

10. What does Ovid say about abortion?

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