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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 does Encolpius meet at a museum?
(a) Giton.
(b) Trimalchio.
(c) Eumolpus.
(d) Ascyltus.

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

3. How long does Trimalchio have to live?
(a) Ten years, 2 months and four days.
(b) About one week if the astrology is right.
(c) Thirty years, four months and two days.
(d) Six months at best.

4. What is the mural of on the dining wall at the special party?
(a) A market scene.
(b) Trimalchio along with the gods Mercury and Minerva.
(c) Heaven, with God and Trimalchio.
(d) Heaven, with Trimalchio as the only god.

5. When does Eumolpus run into a naked man looking for a boy?
(a) When leaving the bath.
(b) When arriving at the bath.
(c) When leaving the musuem.
(d) When arriving at the museum.

Short Answer Questions

1. In which town does Encolpius get a tutoring job?

2. What fine must Tryphaena pay if she forces Giton into sexual acts?

3. A complaining student stresses that without adherence to the rules, what does the language face?

4. What does a complaining student say happens to children who start school too young?

5. What decorates the platter of delicacies that the slaves bring to the table?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What character fault does Eumolpus have and how does Encolpius try to help him overcome it?

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does Petronius treat sordid events in his story? How would other writers from the era have treated them?

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