The Golden Ass 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. In what kind of act does Thaysus plan to engage Lucius?

2. How does Lucius feel about his new religion at the end of the novel?

3. Who buys Lucius from the priests?

4. To whom does the crowd attribute the miracle to in Chapter 18?

5. In Chapter 12, why is it hard to sell Lucius?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is unusual about the priests that buy Lucius? How do they get money?

2. How does Thrasyllus murder Tlepolemus? Why did he do it?

3. In Chapter 14, who does the gardener encounter on his way home? What happens between them?

4. What does Lucius consider as his initiation into the religion? How many more initiations must he undertake?

5. In Chapter 14, what does the farmer offer the gardener in return for his hospitality? What happens while he is there?

6. When the brothers catch Lucius eating human food, what is their reaction? Whom do they show?

7. Where is the ship dedication to take place? How is it when Lucius gets there?

8. In Chapter 16, where do the brothers who own Lucius work? Why does Lucius like this?

9. How does Charite find out that Tlepolemus murdered her husband? How does she get revenge?

10. In Chapter 10, why are the bandits unhappy with Lucius? What do they decide to do with him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In The Golden Ass, many violent acts are committed over jealousy. Using at least two examples, write an essay on the element of jealousy in the novel. How does it impact the characters? What does this say about mankind?

Essay Topic 2

Lucius is the protagonist of the novel. Write an essay about the protagonist's role in the novel. Why do stories have a protagonist? How does Lucius fit into the role of protagonist? Who would be the antagonist(s) in this novel? Why?

Essay Topic 3

The interactions between men and women in the novel are important to the novel's meaning. Write an essay about the interaction between men and women. How do they act towards one another? Is it very different than today? Why or why not?

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