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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. 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.

2. Which of the following is NOT a position held by Ovid in Amores 3?
(a) We eternally chafe at restrictions and covet whatever's forbidden.
(b) I'm not the fool I was.
(c) Let me cling to my foolish illusions.
(d) It is my poetry and not me that deserves the beauties in my bed.

3. 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) "Love" or her body.
(b) His morals will her reform her.
(c) His morals will decline to match his lust.
(d) His distaste for her personality.

4. In Amores 2:9, what does Ovid argue that he should quit?
(a) The field of love.
(b) Corinna.
(c) Smoking.
(d) Taking recklass risks.

5. What career does Ovid's education meant to prepare him for?
(a) Ovid studies business and trade so he could take over his father's empire.
(b) Ovid's education is in law so he could be a statesman.
(c) Ovid studies the classics so he could be a writer.
(d) Ovid studies medicine to be a doctor.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many times does Ovid marry?

2. In Amores 2:17, what attribute of Corinna does Ovid say keeps him enslaved?

3. What victory does Ovid celebrate in Amores 2:12?

4. What do people say about Ovid's speeches?

5. What does Ovid do after his first marriage ends?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Ovid say causes him to turn cold toward Corinna? What is it about her that he does not like?

2. What is Ovid's opinion of those who expose clandestine love affairs?

3. Describe the personality of Ovid in the role of lover.

4. Describe Ovid at the chariot races.

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

6. What is the nature of the relationship between Corinna and Ovid in Amores book 1? What is the major impediment that stands in their way?

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

8. In Amores 3:11, Ovid grapples with conflicting emotions regarding Corinna. What are they and why?

9. In Amores book 3, why does Ovid regret writing elegies of Corinna and her beauty?

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

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