The Satyricon of Petronius / The Apocolocyntosis of Seneca Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the author's title at the emperor's court say about himself?

2. Who does Ascyltus accuse of being a hypocrite?

3. Who is the "terribly elegant" gentleman?

4. What reward is offered for the safe return of Giton?

5. How does the Trimalchio arrive at the dinner table?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who sent Seneca into exile and why?

2. Why is it so easy for Giton and Encolpius to portray slaves when they enter Croton?

3. Encolpius blames teachers for making young students grow up to become worthless people. Who else does he blame and why?

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

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

6. What is the problem between Encolpius and the beautiful woman who wants him?

7. What are the minor objections to authorship based on for "The Apocolocyntosis"?

8. When does Claudius finally realize he is dead?

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

10. Briefly tell the werewolf story.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Define falling action as an element of plot. Discuss in detail the rising action in "The Satyricon." How does the author present it? How does the falling action flow? How does the falling action add to the suspense of the story?

Essay Topic 2

Irony is the contrast between what is expected and what actually happens. There are three types of irony: verbal, situational and dramatic. Identify and discuss two examples of irony in each story. Which type of irony is it? What is expected and what actually occurs with your examples?

Essay Topic 3

There are four points of view in which literature is written: first person, third person objective, third person limited and omniscient. Which point of view does the author use in "The Satyricon"? Is this the most effective point of view for this particular story? Why or why not?

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