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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What fine must Tryphaena pay if she forces Giton into sexual acts?
(a) 2000 coins.
(b) 200 denarii.
(c) 1000 sesterces.
(d) 1000 pecos.

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

3. How does the Trimalchio arrive at the dinner table?
(a) Six old ladies carry him in.
(b) He is carried in and placed at the table.
(c) He swings in on a vine.
(d) A eunuch piggy-backs him to his spot.

4. How does the translator believe he approached the work?
(a) Carefully with respect to the original.
(b) He is a professional and filled in all the gaps.
(c) He totally rewrote the story based on historical clues.
(d) He did the best he could.

5. How does Ascyltus first suggest the friends end their fight over Giton?
(a) Cut him in half.
(b) Turn him loose and see if he comes back.
(c) Let Giton pick.
(d) Leave him behind and move on.

6. 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.

7. Why, according to the translator, is "The Satyricon" difficult to classify?
(a) It includes so much sexuality issues.
(b) It is not meant for young readers.
(c) It is fragmented.
(d) It was new.

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

9. What role does Giton play when Ascyltus and Encolpius attend the special dinner?
(a) Their chauffeur.
(b) Their butler.
(c) Their son.
(d) Their lover.

10. What is inside the egg that is served at the dinner party?
(a) Pudding.
(b) Gold coins.
(c) Fig peckers.
(d) Chocolate.

11. Which emperor had high literary ambitions?
(a) Nero.
(b) Claudius.
(c) Caesar.
(d) Augustus.

12. 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) Trimalchio along with the gods Mercury and Minerva.
(d) A market scene.

13. How does the argument between Encolpius and Ascyltus in the section called Puteoli end?
(a) With both of them being stabbed.
(b) Encolpius is carried to a doctor.
(c) They collapse in laughter.
(d) Ascyltus is carried to a doctor.

14. What problem does the translator note in his translation of "The Satyricon"?
(a) It is fragmented and has missing sections.
(b) No one has ever heard of Seneca.
(c) He cannot read the language.
(d) He is concerned that he does not have an original copy.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who is Trimalchio's wife?

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

4. What threat does Giton make that urges Tryphaena to immediately pardon them?

5. Who says that love and art are on the decline because people care more about money?

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