The Erotic Poems Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 say about the man who protests to the world, "I am not in love?"

2. Who inspires Ovid to write this long poem for women?

3. When does Ovid employ flattery to keep a lover?

4. What does Ovid say is the secret to finesse at lovemaking?

5. What does Ovid say about being around people in love?

Short Essay Questions

1. Summarize the story of Procris and Cephalus. What point does Ovid make?

2. What does Ovid recommend to women do regarding any personal flaws they might have?

3. Are Daedalus and his son successful in their flight? What happens?

4. What advice does Apollo tell Ovid to pass on to everyone?

5. According to Ovid in The Art of Love book 2, what difference is there between being a wealthy lover and a poor one?

6. What advice does Ovid give regarding makeup? What does he say about how much to wear and when to apply it?

7. What advice does Ovid give regarding the maids and servants of a lover?

8. What advice does Ovid have for men regarding their hair, body, and clothes?

9. What activity does Ovid say is guaranteed to "let Cupid in" when he is not wanted? What does he recommend as an alternative?

10. What point does Ovid make when he describes the affair of Mars and Venus being discovered and exposed by Vulcan? What does he recommend?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Ovid's erotic poems are written in elegiac couplets. Discuss this choice of meter form.

Part 1. What are the component parts of meter?

Part 2. What is a system of scansion and how is it used?

Part 3. What are elegiac couplets? What problems are there in translating this meter from the Latin?

Essay Topic 3

In the end of Amores Book 1, Ovid names several other authors as timeless and enduring. Write an essay about these other authors.

Part 1. Who are the authors that Ovid names? What do they do?

Part 2. Are these authors still well known?

Part 3. How does the fame of these authors compare to Ovid's?

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