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. In the section entitled The Road to Croton, where are Encolpius and his companions walking when they see a town in a distance?

2. What are the two classes of people in Croton?

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

4. What is placed on top of a table by the priestess?

5. How old is Claudius on the day in which he begins his last breath?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. When does Claudius finally realize he is dead?

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

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

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

6. What angers Claudius in heaven and what big mistake does he make in regards to his anger?

7. Who brings a witch to meet Encolpius and why?

8. How do Eumolpus and Encolpius each react during their stay at Croton?

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

10. What is the hurried end of 'The Apocolocyntosis' due to and why is it important to know this?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "The Satyricon," what is the significance of Eumolpus' poetry about the history of Rome? What point is the author trying to make with it and the monologue that leads up to it?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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