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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is Encolpius' teacher at the beginning of "The Satyricon"?
(a) Zeus.
(b) Euripides.
(c) Agamemnon.
(d) Sophocles.

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

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

4. When the friends part in Puteoli, who does Giton go with?
(a) Alone.
(b) The old woman.
(c) Encolpius.
(d) Ascyltus.

5. What color is the wig of Encolpius?
(a) Black.
(b) Brown.
(c) Yellow.
(d) Gray.

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

7. 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 transferred to his wife.
(d) They will be killed.

8. What does Encolpius ironically threaten against the sex-craved boy?
(a) To cut off the boy's ear.
(b) To castrate the boy.
(c) To tell his father what's been going on.
(d) To kill the boy in his sleep.

9. Which student loses interest in the poetry recited by the teacher and leaves class to find a friend?
(a) Ascyltus.
(b) Eumolphus.
(c) Giton.
(d) Encolpius.

10. What reward is offered for the safe return of Giton?
(a) 50 dollars.
(b) 500 sesterces.
(c) 1000 sesterces.
(d) 1000 yen.

11. What does the translator say he does not do?
(a) Fill in obviously missing gaps.
(b) Read Greek well.
(c) Like borrowing copies.
(d) Study more about Senca himself.

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

13. What was everyone drinking at the location where the old woman took the students?
(a) Aphrodisiacs.
(b) Sea water.
(c) Tea.
(d) Lemonade.

14. When does Eumolpus run into a naked man looking for a boy?
(a) When arriving at the museum.
(b) When leaving the bath.
(c) When arriving at the bath.
(d) When leaving the musuem.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Encolpius meet at a museum?

2. Who is Trimalchio's wife?

3. What is a eunuch?

4. What language do the actors use in their presentation at the dinner party?

5. Who tries to commit suicide by hanging?

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