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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did Umbricius claim to be the only thing that could get a man out of trouble in the court system?
(a) Innocence.
(b) Muscular strength.
(c) Wealth.
(d) Faith.

2. During which month of the year did the characters in "The Sixteen Satires" vacation in Saturnalia?
(a) March.
(b) December.
(c) June.
(d) September.

3. To which of the following cities had Juvenal's friend, Umbricius recently moved?
(a) Cumae.
(b) Magna.
(c) Superbus.
(d) Sibyl.

4. What does the narrator claim is being recycled in bad play-writing?
(a) Egyptian hieroglyphics.
(b) Shakespearean plays.
(c) Biblical stories.
(d) Greek mythology.

5. Why were artists unable to revel in their artistry?
(a) Because they were blinded by their own egos.
(b) Because they were too worried about money.
(c) Because art was not appreciated.
(d) Because the muses refused to visit them.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Juvenal think that a temple should be built to honor?

2. Which of the following characters was best characterized as a cheapskate?

3. Which of the following men did Juvenal consider a "dandy"?

4. Which of the following colors is symbolic of honor to the Greek gods?

5. What was the name of the manor where Virrio lived?

Short Essay Questions

1. What type of meal was Trebius served at Virro's dinner party?

2. What were the effects of the loss of private patronage for artists?

3. Why did the people of Rome turn against the king after his debacle with the massive fish?

4. What conflict did Juvenal see in the way that teachers were treated by the parents of their students?

5. What did Juvenal find irritating about play-writing?

6. What complaint did Umbricius have about the Roman court system?

7. How did Juvenal feel about Eppia's new husband?

8. What was the relationship between clients and patrons in Juvenal's village?

9. What advice was Postumus given when he decided that he would like to get married?

10. What complaint did Laronia cite in relation to adultery in her society?

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