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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 argument does Ovid make for his case in Amores 1:10?

2. Who does the poet overhear speaking with Corinna in Amores 1:8?

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

4. What advice does Ovid overhear a person giving Corinna in Amores 1:8?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain what happens the time Ovid is impotent.

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

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

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

5. Why is Ovid banished from Rome?

6. What does Dipsas tell Corinna?

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

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

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

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

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 lays out a detailed framework for those that wish to be successful courting the other sex. How do you measure up?

Part 1. What specific advice does Ovid give your gender?

Part 2. Are there some parts of the advice that are outdated? Can they be translated to something current? For example, if he refers to a "toga", we can translate it as "clothes."

Part 3. How much of this advice do you currently practice? Do you think your chances in love would be better or worse if you practiced more?

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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