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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. Which of the following groups of people did Umbricius claim to have walked the streets looking for a fight?

2. In Satire IV, who did the king call when he could not find a plate large enough for his meal?

3. In Satire IV, which of the following characters did NOT advise the king about his exceptionally large meal?

4. To which city did most Roman artists sell their work?

5. Which of the following adjectives did Umbricius use to describe himself?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who was Gracchu, and what was Juvenal's complaint about him?

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

3. What happened during the wars between Ombi and Tentyra?

4. What happened to the majority of the wealth that was in Rome during Nero's reign?

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

6. How did Naevolus' appearance change over the course of his friendship with Juvenal?

7. Why did Persicus dine at Juvenal's home?

8. How did Juvenal feel about the way that Trebius was treated at Virro's dinner party?

9. What example did the father who built buildings in Satire XIV set for his son?

10. How did Juvenal determine which men were good rulers?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In Satire XIII, Juvenal argues about heritage versus nobility, using Rebellius Blandus as his main example. Why was Rebellius Blandus an important example in Juvenal's argument about nobility? How does Rebellius Blandus tie into Juvenal's overarching theme of horse racing in this Satire?

Essay Topic 2

Juvenal has a lot to say about political ambition, and the ambition for power. How does Juvenal feel about the men who seek political power? What are the benefits of political power? What are the drawbacks? Juvenal uses two men as prime examples in his argument about political power- -Cicero and Demosthenes. Describe each of those men, and their pursuit for power. Were the men successful, or did they fail in their pursuits?

Essay Topic 3

Juvenal has very strong opinions about Roman teachers, their pupils, and the pupils' parents. First, describe the role that teachers play in Roman society. Then, compare/contrast the way that teachers are treated by their students with the way that they are treated by their students' parents. What is Juvenal's reaction to the treatment that teachers in Rome receive? Do you agree with his position? Why or why not?

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