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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 color is the wig of Encolpius?

2. What role does Giton play when Ascyltus and Encolpius attend the special dinner?

3. What does the translator say he does not do?

4. What language do the actors use in their presentation at the dinner party?

5. What does Encolpius do at night when the boy he tutors falls asleep?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the relationship between Giton and Encolpius?

4. What is Menippean satire?

5. Who does Encolpius meet at a museum and what relationship develops between the two people?

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

7. Briefly tell the werewolf story.

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

9. Explain the egg delicacy served after Trimalchio arrives.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the main characters of "The Satyricon." Who was the protagonist and what separates that character from the other main characters?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss in detail Seneca's exile and what brought him out of exile.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the life of Petronius and his role in the emperor's court.

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