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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 bruises Trimalchio's arm?
(a) An acrobat.
(b) Encolpius.
(c) Giton.
(d) The chef.

2. Who does Encolpius find weeping as he leaves the place the old woman took him?
(a) Ascyltus.
(b) The old woman.
(c) Giton.
(d) Euripides.

3. What does Encolpius do at night when the boy he tutors falls asleep?
(a) Reads private letters.
(b) Fondles and kisses him.
(c) Gambles in the marketplace.
(d) Works a second job.

4. What does Giton consider Ascyltus to be?
(a) A lazy intellectual.
(b) His best friend.
(c) A great lover.
(d) A criminal.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who tries to rape Giton?

2. How does the translator believe he approached the work?

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

4. When the friends part in Puteoli, who does Giton go with?

5. Who said that teachers would be the only ones in school if they are unable to engage the students?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens when Encolpius and Ascyltus go to the marketplace to sell a stolen cloak?

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

4. What is the relationship between Giton and Encolpius?

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

6. What announcement does Trimalchio make at his dinner and what does the event seem to become?

7. What points to Titus Petronius as the author of "The Satyricon" other than writing style and language?

8. Explain the egg delicacy served after Trimalchio arrives.

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

10. Is Petronius a typical satirist for his era? Why or why not?

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