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 do the priestess and witch yell as Encolpius runs away?

2. What were people without fortunes in Croton doing?

3. What happens to Encolpius when he cannot sexually perform with the beautiful woman a second time?

4. What major key is the clue to the authorship of "The Apocolocyntosis"?

5. Who transports Claudius to hell?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the role of children in Croton?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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

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