The Satyricon of Petronius / The Apocolocyntosis of Seneca Test | Final 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 many animals attack Encolpius when the priestess leaves the room?

2. Who takes Encolpius to a temple?

3. Who approaches Encolpius and tells him how attractive he is?

4. Who pleads for Claudius to be put out of his misery?

5. Why will the townspeople think Giton has moved to Croton?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does an old man describe Croton to Encolpius and his friends?

2. When a maid in Croton approaches Encolpius, what does she want?

3. What story will Encolpius and his friends tell the people of Croton to explain their arrival there?

4. What is Hercules' particular interest in not naming Claudius as a god?

5. Which emperor do the writings of Seneca tend to criticize and why?

6. What was the big lie Eumolpus has to cover (and how does he cover it) while having sex with a girl he tutors?

7. Who says poetry has a special relationship to history? What is that relationship?

8. Describe Claudius' appearance when he arrives in heaven.

9. What is the subject of a lengthy poem recited at the end of "Eumolpus"? What might the poem reflect?

10. What one factor makes the case stronger for claiming Seneca is the author of "The Apocolocyntosis"? Explain why.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Irony is the contrast between what is expected and what actually happens. There are three types of irony: verbal, situational and dramatic. Identify and discuss two examples of irony in each story. Which type of irony is it? What is expected and what actually occurs with your examples?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the role of women in "The Satyricon."

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