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. Why can't Claudius be a Stoic god?

2. Why do the people of Croton immediately begin to cater to one of the companions?

3. What does Encolpius vow to give up for the beautiful woman he meets?

4. Who is Circe's maid?

5. What does the priestess soak in a brew?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Who filibusters against Claudius in heaven? What is said of man's relationship to gods in this long speech?

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

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

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

8. What is the role of children in Croton?

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

10. Why is it so easy for Giton and Encolpius to portray slaves when they enter Croton?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In both stories ("The Satyricon" and "The Apocolocyntosis"), authorship is questioned by various scholars. How does the consensus prove who wrote which? How do they know the stories are by different authors?

Essay Topic 2

Define and discuss Menippean satire? What differentiates this satire from other types?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the primary gods/goddesses involved in Claudius' trial in "The Apocolocyntosis." Who were they, what did they represent and what position did they take on Claudius' request?

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