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. Who does Claudius indicate he is to Hercules in heaven?

2. What do the priestess and witch yell as Encolpius runs away?

3. What is the translation of the title of "The Apocolocyntosis"?

4. At what stage of the emperor's reign was "The Apocolocyntosis" written?

5. Who died a year before the "The Apocolocyntosis" was written?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why has Claudius been allowed to live this long?

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

3. When does Claudius finally realize he is dead?

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

5. Who sent Seneca into exile and why?

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

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

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

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

10. What is the problem between Encolpius and the beautiful woman who wants him?

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

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

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the main characters of "The Apocolocyntosis." Who was the protagonist and what separates that character from the other main characters?

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