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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. Which Roman satire does the translator link to "The Satyricon"?
(a) "Julius Caesar."
(b) "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
(c) "Athena."
(d) "Amores."

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

3. If the boy doesn't get presents from Encolpius, what does he threaten to do?
(a) Tell his father what's been going on.
(b) Cut off Encolpius' ear.
(c) Kill Encolpius in his sleep.
(d) Castrate Encolpius.

4. Who said that teachers would be the only ones in school if they are unable to engage the students?
(a) Ascyltus.
(b) Euripides.
(c) Cicero.
(d) Agamemnon.

5. How does the translator suspect the modern reader will view the sexual nature of "The Satyricon"?
(a) Offensive.
(b) Unoffensive.
(c) Risque.
(d) Unimportant.

Short Answer Questions

1. What animal does the pork dessert resemble?

2. Where does Encolpius want to stab Eumolpus?

3. Which instructor developed proper language skills in his students?

4. Why, according to the translator, is "The Satyricon" difficult to classify?

5. Who translated "The Satyricon"?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Eumolpus and Encolpius each react during their stay at Croton?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why does Ascyltus call Encolpius a hypocrite? Explain the situation.

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

10. What is the relationship between Giton and Encolpius?

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