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. What does the narrator claim is being recycled in bad play-writing?

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

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

4. What was Trebius served for his main course at the dinner party?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Who was Emperor Domitian?

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

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

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

7. Why did Juvenal write poetry?

8. Why did the Lords frequently hold dinner parties?

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

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

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

Naevolus is a friend of Juvenal's who is living a life that lacks Juvenal's approval. First, describe Naevolus' physicality. How has his appearance changed over the course of his relationship with Juvenal? What part of Naevolus' life has led to the change in his appearance? How does Juvenal feel about the life changes that Naevolus has undergone?

Essay Topic 3

As the Satires begin, Juvenal immediately begins to lambaste anyone who attempts to write poetry, even though he considers himself a poet. How does Juvenal feel that the public handles poetry? In his opinion, is poetry worth writing? Why or why not? Finally, explain what Juvenal's argument tells the reader about his personality.

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