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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What method of translation does the translator use in retelling "The Satyricon"?
(a) By using a Latin to English standard dictionary.
(b) By studying an amalgamation of several other much earlier translations.
(c) By using the help of noted scholars.
(d) By studying directly with the author of the book.

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

3. What threat does Giton make that urges Tryphaena to immediately pardon them?
(a) To kill Tryphaena.
(b) To hang himself.
(c) To kill Lichas.
(d) To cut off his own genitals.

4. What title did the author hold in the emperor's court?
(a) Knight of the Roundtable.
(b) Official Historian.
(c) Arbiter of Elegance.
(d) Joker and Comedian.

5. In response to the complaint about professors, the teacher recites lines written by whom?
(a) Caesar.
(b) Lucilius.
(c) Venus.
(d) Aristotle.

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

7. How do the friends actually end their fight over Giton?
(a) They kill him.
(b) They cut him in half.
(c) They let Giton pick.
(d) They kick him out.

8. What will happen to Trimalchio's slaves when he dies?
(a) They will be transferred to his wife.
(b) They will be killed.
(c) They will be freed.
(d) They will take turns standing at his tomb.

9. In which town does Encolpius get a tutoring job?
(a) Pergamum.
(b) Athens.
(c) Rome.
(d) Croton.

10. Niceros tells a story about what creature?
(a) Werewolf.
(b) Unicorn.
(c) Rabbit.
(d) Vampire.

11. What does Encolpius promise to give the boy that he simply cannot deliver?
(a) Gold.
(b) A trip to the museum.
(c) A thoroughbred.
(d) A new book.

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

13. Which of the following statements has "The Satyricon" been called, now deemed to be worthy literature?
(a) A collection of comic sketches.
(b) All the answers are correct.
(c) The first realistic novel in European literature.
(d) An elaborate satire.

14. Who had already sneaked out of class before the rant about rhetoric?
(a) Agamemnon.
(b) Giton.
(c) Encolpius.
(d) Ascyltus.

15. What is the mural of on the dining wall at the special party?
(a) Heaven, with God and Trimalchio.
(b) Heaven, with Trimalchio as the only god.
(c) A market scene.
(d) Trimalchio along with the gods Mercury and Minerva.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was everyone drinking at the location where the old woman took the students?

2. Who does Encolpius meet at a museum?

3. What is a eunuch?

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. Who is thrown overboard and sucked under by the current in Eumolpus?

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