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 was Claudius listening to when he expired?

2. Who throws rocks at Eumolpus at the end of the chapter called The Road to Croton?

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

4. In the farce they are creating to enter Croton, which companion will say he has just buried his son?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. When does Claudius finally realize he is dead?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What interests and experiences of the author's own life might be drawn upon for inspiration in "The Satyricon"? Explain your answers, giving an overview of the author's life.

Essay Topic 2

A main character has both good and bad qualities, giving the character dimension. Discuss Eumolpus' good and bad qualities. Are the "bad" qualities really bad? Support your answers. Answer the same question for Giton.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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