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

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

3. What combines "a moralistic and humorous melange of prose and verse"?
(a) Menippean satire.
(b) Classical translation.
(c) The Bible.
(d) Odyssey.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Niceros tells a story about what creature?

2. Who breaks down the door to an apartment?

3. Who is caught holding and kissing Giton?

4. Who is the "terribly elegant" gentleman?

5. What method of translation does the translator use in retelling "The Satyricon"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Trimalchio is playing ball with young boys as his guests arrive. Encolpius reports seeing him urinate. How does Trimalchio urinate, then wash and dry his hands afterward?

3. What about "The Satyricon" resulted in it being viewed as inferior literature in the past?

4. What is the relationship between Giton and Encolpius?

5. What joke involving a pig does Trimalchio play on his guests?

6. How does Trimalchio arrive at his dinner party and how is he dressed for the occasion?

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

8. Why does Eumoplus offer to be Giton's guardian? What else does he offer and what does he want in return?

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

10. Explain Encolpius and Ascyltus' fight over Giton after their dinner at Trimalchio's.

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