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. What must Encolpius remove for his role in Croton?

2. Who calls Claudius out for lying about his identity to Hercules?

3. What were people without fortunes in Croton doing?

4. How much "The Apocolocyntosis" is missing from this translation?

5. Why can't Claudius be a Stoic god?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Encolpius meets the beautiful woman for sex a second time?

2. Why do some scholars think Petronius also wrote "The Apocolocyntosis"? How do others explain that concern?

3. According to Encolpius, what is strange about the maid's request in Croton?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

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