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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. What does Ovid notice has changed in his lover when he kisses her in Amores 2:5?

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

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?

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

5. What is Ovid angry at in Amores 3:6?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What happens when Corinna gets pregnant? Whose child is it?

10. What does Dipsas tell Corinna?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout his poems Ovid uses the name of many gods. Write an essay about the Roman gods.

Part 1. What is the general deity structure of the Roman Gods during Ovid's life?

Part 2. Who are the primary gods during Ovid's life, and which ones does he name most frequently in his work?

Part 3. What effect does the relationship Roman's had with their gods change their lives?

Essay Topic 2

Summarize the advice that Ovid gives to men and/or women regarding what to do to be successful in obtaining and securing a lover.

Part 1. What suggestions does he make regarding appearance?

Part 2. What suggestions does he make regarding behavior?

Part 3. How accurate or valuable to you feel his advice is?

Part 4. Is any, most, or all of it still applicable today? What has changed and what hasn't?

Essay Topic 3

In the time of Ovid's life, adultery has become a rampant social issue and the theme of Ovid's erotic poems probably leads to his banishment. Discuss the social issue of adultery in Rome at the time of Ovid's life.

Part 1. What are the social mores regarding adultery in the Rome that Ovid grew up in?

Part 2. What steps do the leaders of Rome take to amend this problem?

Part 3. How does Ovid's erotic poems fit into this scheme and what were the consequences?

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