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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) The chef.
(d) Giton.

2. Who wants to be Giton's teacher and guardian in exchange for a sexual relationship?
(a) Eumolpus.
(b) Euripides.
(c) Ascyltus.
(d) Agamemnon.

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

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

5. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. What combines "a moralistic and humorous melange of prose and verse"?

2. Considering similar works of the same time period, what link was the author's satire obviously missing?

3. What is the author's task in his official title of the emperor's court?

4. What does Giton consider Ascyltus to be?

5. What details in "The Satyricon" will probably not surprise a modern audience?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the accountant's role at the dinner?

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

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

4. Why has Claudius been allowed to live this long?

5. What angers Claudius in heaven and what big mistake does he make in regards to his anger?

6. What is Hercules' particular interest in not naming Claudius as a god?

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

8. What is the hurried end of 'The Apocolocyntosis' due to and why is it important to know this?

9. 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?

10. Who says poetry has a special relationship to history? What is that relationship?

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