The Sixteen Satires Test | Mid-Book 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. How was the woman seduced by Crispinus punished for her immoral action?

2. Which of the following adjectives did Nieobe use to describe herself?

3. What type of goblet did Virro drink from at the dinner party?

4. In the text, which of the following substances makes up the statue of Apollo?

5. How were the poor within Roman society treated?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How did the drunks in Rome take advantage of the poor?

4. What reaction did Trebius have to the wine that he was served at Virro's dinner party?

5. Who was Crispinus?

6. What did Juvenal claim was the worst kind of wife to have?

7. Who was Emperor Domitian?

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

9. What complaint did Umbricius have about Roman landlords?

10. Who was Montanus, and what great idea did he come up with?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Postumus is Juvenal's friend who seeks advice about marriage. How does Postumus feel about marriage when he speaks with Juvenal? What advise about women did Juvenal give to Postumus during their conversation? According to Juvenal, what are the best types of wives to have? Which are the worst? Based on the advice that Juvenal gives, do you think that he is directing Postumus toward a happy or unhappy marriage? How can you tell?

Essay Topic 2

Throughout his writings, Juvenal voices his opinions about wealth and evil. First, compare/contrast the different ways that both rich and poor can be corrupted by wealth. What is the same about the two types of corruption? What is different? Upon comparing/contrasting the corruption of those two classes, cite which group seems more likely to be corrupted? Are you able to detect the reflection of your position in the text?

Essay Topic 3

When Trebius attends Virro's dinner party, he is shocked by the treatment that he receives. What segments of Virro's dinner party did Trebius find most startling? When discussing the party with Juvenal later, how did their opinions of the events differ? What point did Juvenal try to make about society by citing Trebius' experience at Virro's dinner party?

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