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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How do the friends actually end their fight over Giton?

2. What does Encolpius do at night when the boy he tutors falls asleep?

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

4. What is the poem about that the teacher recites in Puteoli?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What link does Petronius fail to make in "The Satyricon"?

2. Who does Encolpius want to stab in the spleen and why?

3. What was Petronius' title in the emperor's court and what significance was the title?

4. In response to Encolpius' complaints about education, Agamemnon recites a few lines of poetry. Who wrote that poem and summarize it.

5. Who is Psyche and what is her role in the section of the story called "Puteoli"?

6. How or from where do Encolpius and his friends see Croton?

7. What is Menippean satire?

8. Why do Trimalchio and his wife, Fortunata, fight at the dinner?

9. Who finally comes between Encolpius and Giton and why?

10. What are the minor objections to authorship based on for "The Apocolocyntosis"?

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