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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Amores 2:10, how does Ovid say he would like to die?

2. Does Ovid have children?

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

4. When Augustus's daughter Julia reaches adulthood, what does she gain notoriety for?

5. Which of the following best characterizes Ovid's poetry?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Ovid embody the dilemma between writing love poems and writing tragedies in Amores Book 3?

2. Describe Ovid at the chariot races.

3. Who is Macer and what is Ovid's relationship with him?

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

5. What is the event that happens to cause Ovid to first offer an elegy and then scorn regarding the writing tablet?

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

7. Briefly describe Ovid's dream. What does the dream interpreter say it means?

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

9. What difference does Ovid and his father have about his career?

10. Why does Corinna's hair fall out? What does Ovid recommend as a solution?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many of the characters that Ovid cites have complicated stories. Do any of the gods or heroes have a story that particularly intrigues you? The relationship between Achilles and Briseis? The affair of Mars and Venus? The poet Tibullus? The god Cupid? Choose a figure that Ovid cites that interests you and research further into their circumstance and story.

Part 1. Who have you chosen to write about? Why were you attracted to learn more this particular story?

Part 2. Summarize the information you have researched about this figure.

Part 3. What significance does this story or person have?

Essay Topic 2

Ovid is a writer whose poetry is still being read two thousand years after he wrote it and people are still relating to it. Why is this?

Part 1. What is it about Ovid's writing that makes it timeless?

Part 2. What part of Ovid's poetry have you managed to relate to personally?

Part 3. Do you think Ovid's work will continue to be accessible to future generations?

Essay Topic 3

After the Cures For Love, there is a fragment of the text that remains from his poem On Facial Treatment for Ladies. This fragment gives us a glimpse into what makeup and its applications might have been like two thousand years ago in Rome. Further this text with some research on the side and discuss the history and changes of makeup over time.

Part 1. Summarize and explain the information in On Facial Treatment for Ladies and other sources you have used.

Part 2. What would it have been like to use cosmetics as they were then?

Part 3. How have cosmetics changed over time to become how they are today? How is the experience of the user different?

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