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. Which of the following gifts did the fisherman in Satire IV take as an offering to the king?

2. Which of the following types of wives was worst in Juvenal's eyes?

3. Which of the following did Juvenal claim to be the only thing that dictated fortune?

4. Which of the following groups of people did Umbricius consider to be the most dishonest?

5. Which writer type toiled most in Juvenal's society?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What complaint did Umbricius have about Roman landlords?

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

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

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 did Juvenal consider to be the strongest vice in society during his time?

8. Who was Emperor Domitian?

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

10. What happened when the king of Rome was presented with a massive fish by a goodhearted fisherman?

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

In Satire I, Juvenal begins his speech with a disclaimer about the people whom he will and will not protect in his arguments. First, explain why you think that Juvenal felt the need to place that disclaimer at the beginning of the book. Then, explain whether Juvenal adhered to his word. Did he attack anyone personally? If so, whom? If not, do you think that his satires were as effective as they could have been, had he been a more attacking type of speaker?

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