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. How does the translator believe he approached the work?

2. What threat does Giton make that urges Tryphaena to immediately pardon them?

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

4. What is the "problem" with the newly roasted pig presented at the dinner?

5. Who wrote the introduction to "The Satyricon"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Psyche and what is her role in the section of the story called "Puteoli"?

2. What happens when Encolpius and Ascyltus go to the marketplace to sell a stolen cloak?

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

4. Why do Trimalchio and his wife, Fortunata, fight at the dinner?

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

6. What is funny about the brothel to which Encolpius is led?

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

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

9. What is Menippean satire?

10. Why, according to Eumolpus, is love and art on the decline?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the importance of funerals in both stories. How were the funerals similar? How were they different.

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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