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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where does Encolpius want to stab Eumolpus?
(a) In his lungs to let out all the hot air.
(b) In his heart.
(c) In his spleen.
(d) In his pancreas.

2. How does the translator deal with the problem he notes in his translation of "The Satyricon"?
(a) He gets a translated version of an original copy.
(b) He hires a team of translators who are more advanced in Latin than he is.
(c) He educates the reader about Seneca in the introduction.
(d) He maintains chronological order, even though it seems like something is missing.

3. What decorates the platter of delicacies that the slaves bring to the table?
(a) Zodiac signs.
(b) Flowers.
(c) Roman designs.
(d) The Greek letter Tau.

4. How is the chef who cooked the newly roasted pig saved?
(a) His wife begs.
(b) His children ask for their father not to be killed.
(c) Guests plead for his mercy.
(d) Trimalchio gets tired of dealing with him.

5. Who tries to rape Giton?
(a) Sophocles.
(b) Agamemnon.
(c) Ascyltus.
(d) Euripides.

6. Who said that teachers would be the only ones in school if they are unable to engage the students?
(a) Ascyltus.
(b) Agamemnon.
(c) Euripides.
(d) Cicero.

7. What does Ascyltus accuse Encolpius of doing when Encolpius confronts him about something else?
(a) Of praising Agamemnon to get a free meal.
(b) Of stealing money and clothing from him.
(c) Of raping Giton.
(d) Of having a crush on Giton.

8. What cuts Eumolpus' forehead?
(a) A sword.
(b) A jug.
(c) Glass.
(d) A razor.

9. How do Ascyltus and Encolpius acquire the item they try to sell?
(a) By stealing it.
(b) With magic.
(c) It was given to them by Trimalchio.
(d) They found it.

10. Who tries to commit suicide by slashing his throat?
(a) Eumolpus.
(b) Giton.
(c) Ascyltus.
(d) Encolpius.

11. Why, according to the translator, is "The Satyricon" difficult to classify?
(a) It was new.
(b) It is not meant for young readers.
(c) It is fragmented.
(d) It includes so much sexuality issues.

12. How does the argument between Encolpius and Ascyltus in the section called Puteoli end?
(a) They collapse in laughter.
(b) Ascyltus is carried to a doctor.
(c) With both of them being stabbed.
(d) Encolpius is carried to a doctor.

13. What details in "The Satyricon" will probably not surprise a modern audience?
(a) Crime.
(b) Crooked politicians.
(c) Bar hopping.
(d) Sexual details.

14. Who translated "The Satyricon"?
(a) Seneca.
(b) Encolpius.
(c) Titus Petronius.
(d) J.P. Sullivan.

15. What combines "a moralistic and humorous melange of prose and verse"?
(a) Classical translation.
(b) Odyssey.
(c) Menippean satire.
(d) The Bible.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who says that love and art are on the decline because people care more about money?

2. What does a complaining student say happens to children who start school too young?

3. How does the Trimalchio arrive at the dinner table?

4. As a satirist, the author does not create a character that teaches a moral. What two words best describe the author's consideration of morality?

5. How does the translator believe he approached the work?

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