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. Who had already sneaked out of class before the rant about rhetoric?

2. Who tries to commit suicide by hanging?

3. What does Ascyltus accuse Encolpius of doing when Encolpius confronts him about something else?

4. Who says that love and art are on the decline because people care more about money?

5. What is the author's task in his official title of the emperor's court?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Identify and discuss two points of foreshadowing from both stories. Did the author use foreshadowing effectively? Why or why not? Define foreshadowing in your essay.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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