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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Who does Encolpius meet at a museum?
(a) Ascyltus.
(b) Eumolpus.
(c) Giton.
(d) Trimalchio.

4. Who wants to be Giton's teacher and guardian in exchange for a sexual relationship?
(a) Ascyltus.
(b) Agamemnon.
(c) Euripides.
(d) Eumolpus.

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

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

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

8. Which emperor's court does the author serve under?
(a) Caesar.
(b) Nero.
(c) Augustus.
(d) Claudius.

9. Who wrote the introduction to "The Satyricon"?
(a) The book's translator.
(b) Priapus.
(c) The emperor in the story.
(d) The book's author.

10. Who complains about the professors and all their empty rhetoric?
(a) Encolpius.
(b) Giton.
(c) Agamemnon.
(d) Circe.

11. What language do the actors use in their presentation at the dinner party?
(a) English.
(b) Latin.
(c) Roman.
(d) Greek.

12. What disguise do Encolpius and Giton use to escape from Lichas and Tryphaena?
(a) Eunuchs.
(b) Slaves.
(c) Wealthy men.
(d) Magicians.

13. What does the accountant read at the dinner party?
(a) A welcome to the guests.
(b) Statistical and financial statements about Trimalchio's estate.
(c) A poem he wrote.
(d) A game of numbers and figures.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What kind of bottle is carried for the dinner host's urinary needs?

2. Which of the following statements has "The Satyricon" been called, now deemed to be worthy literature?

3. What will happen to Trimalchio's slaves when he dies?

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

5. Who had already sneaked out of class before the rant about rhetoric?

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