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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. Who is Macer?
(a) Ovid's school fellow.
(b) The wealthy merchant that sent him to school.
(c) Ovid's father.
(d) Ovid's master of education.

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

3. What does Ovid say made Corinna popular in Amores 3:12?
(a) His poems.
(b) Her loose morals.
(c) Her exquisite beauty.
(d) Her husband's money.

4. In Amores 2:3, who is Ovid trying to convince to help him as a go-between?
(a) Corinna's sister.
(b) Corinna's best friend.
(c) A messenger boy of Corinna's household.
(d) A eunoch keeper.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What reason does Ovid give for his impotence in Amores 3:7?

2. In Amores 2:4, what type of woman does Ovid express a preference for?

3. Which of the following best characterizes Ovid's lover in the fourth poem of Amores Book I?

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

5. What does Ovid say that soldiers have that he does not?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Ovid at the chariot races.

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

4. What reasons does Ovid give for wanting to be a ring on Corinna's finger?

5. What does Dipsas tell Corinna?

6. Explain what happens the time Ovid is impotent.

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

8. Does Ovid plan or try to join the military? Why or why not?

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

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

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