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 title did the author hold in the emperor's court?

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

3. Who sets out to sail on a trip in the chapter entitled Eumolpus?

4. When the friends part in Puteoli, who does Giton go with?

5. How does the translator suspect the modern reader will view the sexual nature of "The Satyricon"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What link does Petronius fail to make in "The Satyricon"?

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

3. What was Petronius' title in the emperor's court and what significance was the title?

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

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

6. How or from where do Encolpius and his friends see Croton?

7. What is Menippean satire?

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

9. Who finally comes between Encolpius and Giton and why?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the role of the translator in both stories. Give a brief overview of this translator's life and specific challenges he faced in interpreting both these stories.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the role of women in "The Satyricon."

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