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. Why does the translator say the book skips around and has gaps in the story?

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

3. If the boy doesn't get presents from Encolpius, what does he threaten to do?

4. Who is thrown overboard and sucked under by the current in Eumolpus?

5. How is the chef who cooked the newly roasted pig saved?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What convinces foes to pardon Encolpius and Giton when they are caught as stowaways on a ship?

3. What is Ascyltus' response when Encolpius confronts him about the attempted rape of Giton?

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

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

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

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

8. Briefly tell the werewolf story.

9. What is Menippean satire?

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

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

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

Essay Topic 3

What interests and experiences of the author's own life might be drawn upon for inspiration in "The Satyricon"? Explain your answers, giving an overview of the author's life.

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