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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How did earlier readers describe the sexual nature of "The Satyricon"?
(a) Realistic.
(b) Risque.
(c) Ridiculous.
(d) Boring.

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

4. What language does Trimalchio use when he sings the lines of the play?
(a) Greek.
(b) Latin.
(c) Classical Arabic.
(d) Roman.

5. What does Trimalchio order for the chef who cooked the newly roasted pig?
(a) He is stripped.
(b) He is fired.
(c) He is whipped.
(d) He is stoned.

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

7. What is the "problem" with the newly roasted pig presented at the dinner?
(a) They forgot the apple in its mouth.
(b) The host doesn't like ham.
(c) It's not fully cooked.
(d) It wasn't gutted.

8. Who sets out to sail on a trip in the chapter entitled Eumolpus?
(a) Encolpius and Giton.
(b) Eumolpus, Ascyltus, Encolpius and Giton.
(c) Ascyltus, Encolpius and Giton.
(d) Eumolpus, Encolpius and Giton.

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

10. How do scholars see "The Satyricon" today?
(a) Classic pornography.
(b) Debauchery.
(c) It is a respected piece of literature.
(d) It is a moral tale strictly for children.

11. Considering similar works of the same time period, what link was the author's satire obviously missing?
(a) Man's failure was because of attempts to be moral.
(b) Man's failure was due to lack of morals.
(c) Man's failure was because of attempts to be immortal.
(d) Man's failure was due to politicians.

12. Why do people throw stones at Eumolpus?
(a) He is an enemy of Ascyltus.
(b) They think he stole something from the museum.
(c) They're tired of listening to his poetry.
(d) He is friends with Encolpius.

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

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

15. How does the translator suspect the modern reader will view the sexual nature of "The Satyricon"?
(a) Unimportant.
(b) Risque.
(c) Offensive.
(d) Unoffensive.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who wrote the introduction to "The Satyricon"?

2. Which Roman satire does the translator link to "The Satyricon"?

3. What reward is offered for the safe return of Giton?

4. Why, according to the translator, is "The Satyricon" difficult to classify?

5. What spills out of the pig when the chef is ordered to cut it?

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