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. To which of the following cities had Juvenal's friend, Umbricius recently moved?

2. Which of the following rites did Juvenal mock, claiming them to lack a relation to women?

3. Among which of the following animal breeds was Virgil accused of spreading disease?

4. Which of the following groups of gods did Juvenal suggest should step in to stop the promiscuous atrocities affecting his society?

5. In Satire II, with which of the following relatives was the condemned man accused of having an inappropriate relationship?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did lawyers in Juvenal's society earn clients?

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

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

5. How did Caesar feel about the muses?

6. Aside from adultery, what other problems did Juvenal claim would plague a married couple?

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

8. Why did Juvenal "prefer the company of a eunuch"?

9. Who was Crispinus?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Satire II, Juvenal is particularly concerned with the vices of the Roman people. in Juvenal's opinion, what are the most common vices among them? How do those vices interact with the vices of those comprising the populace of the rest of the world? What fears does Juvenal express when discussing the vices of the Roman people and their future interactions throughout the world?

Essay Topic 2

When Juvenal is discussing women with Postumus, he uses many famous women from the pages of history as examples to support his arguments, specifically Medea, Clytemnestra, Procne, Eriphyle, and Danaids. Choose two of those women, and compare/contrast their relationships with men. What point is Juvenal trying to make by using each of those women as examples in his arguments? How does the behavior of those women compare/contrast with the behavior of the women whom Juvenal sees in his society today?

Essay Topic 3

In Satire XI, Juvenal hosts a dinner party for friends. First, describe the type of food and drink that Juvenal serves at his party. How does that serving compare/contrast to the meal served at Virro's dinner party in Satire V? What did Juvenal hope to accomplish by hosting that party? Do you think that he was successful? Why or why not?

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