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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is the "terribly elegant" gentleman?
(a) Ascytlus.
(b) Trimalchio.
(c) Hercules.
(d) Encolpius.

2. Who does Encolpius find weeping as he leaves the place the old woman took him?
(a) Euripides.
(b) Giton.
(c) Ascyltus.
(d) The old woman.

3. According to Trimalchio, what will those born under the sign of Leo be?
(a) Bossy and greedy.
(b) Warm blooded.
(c) Wealthy and happy.
(d) Rich in lion herds.

4. Who is caught holding and kissing Giton?
(a) Encolpius.
(b) The old woman.
(c) Ascyltus.
(d) A prostitute from the brothel.

5. A complaining student stresses that without adherence to the rules, what does the language face?
(a) Death.
(b) Silence.
(c) Confusion.
(d) No meaning.

6. What is the poem about that the teacher recites in Puteoli?
(a) The importance of discipline in writing and the arts.
(b) Bad students.
(c) Bad parents.
(d) The value of teachers and that they should be respected.

7. What does a complaining student say happens to children who start school too young?
(a) They become superior adults.
(b) The learn more.
(c) They get out and can't find a job.
(d) They become inferior adults.

8. Who is Trimalchio's wife?
(a) He has no wife.
(b) Fortunata.
(c) Circe.
(d) Providence.

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

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

11. What is the author's task in his official title of the emperor's court?
(a) To weave tales.
(b) To make the emperor laugh.
(c) To judge and recommend elegant things.
(d) To officially record the emperor's speeches.

12. Why does the translator say the book skips around and has gaps in the story?
(a) Because he does not want to be blamed for missing content.
(b) Because he is eccentric.
(c) So readers will not be confused by the fragmentation.
(d) Because he couldn't translate everything.

13. Which Roman satire does the translator link to "The Satyricon"?
(a) "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
(b) "Athena."
(c) "Julius Caesar."
(d) "Amores."

14. Who made advances toward Ascyltus when he is with the old woman?
(a) A goddess in a cloak.
(b) The old woman.
(c) A man.
(d) A beautiful woman.

15. How long does Trimalchio have to live?
(a) Six months at best.
(b) About one week if the astrology is right.
(c) Thirty years, four months and two days.
(d) Ten years, 2 months and four days.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Encolpius promise to give the boy that he simply cannot deliver?

2. What language does Trimalchio use when he sings the lines of the play?

3. What does the author's title at the emperor's court say about himself?

4. What does Ascyltus accuse Encolpius of doing when Encolpius confronts him about something else?

5. What cuts Eumolpus' forehead?

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