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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. Who is the narrator of "The Satyricon"?
(a) Agamemnon.
(b) Euripides.
(c) Giton.
(d) Encolpius.

2. Who says that love and art are on the decline because people care more about money?
(a) Agamemnon.
(b) Euripides.
(c) Eumolpus.
(d) Ascyltus.

3. What animal does the pork dessert resemble?
(a) A rabbit.
(b) A duck.
(c) A goose.
(d) A bird.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who sets out to sail on a trip in the chapter entitled Eumolpus?

3. As a satirist, the author does not create a character that teaches a moral. What two words best describe the author's consideration of morality?

4. What does Encolpius ironically threaten against the sex-craved boy?

5. Which Roman satire does the translator link to "The Satyricon"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is funny about the brothel to which Encolpius is led?

2. Who does Encolpius meet at a museum and what relationship develops between the two people?

3. What is Menippean satire?

4. Into what genre does "The Satyricon" clearly fit? Why?

5. What is the relationship between Giton and Encolpius?

6. 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?

7. Why, according to Eumolpus, is love and art on the decline?

8. What job does Encolpius have in Pergamum and why does he accept it?

9. What convinces foes to pardon Encolpius and Giton when they are caught as stowaways on a ship?

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

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