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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 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

Throughout the Satires Juvenal frequently refers to Homer's epic poem, The Iliad. Why do you think that The Iliad is such an important touchstone in Juvenal's life? In what situations does Juvenal refer back to it? Which characters in The Iliad seem most important to Juvenal's debates? Why?

Essay Topic 2

The people of Rome are pray devoutly. First, describe at least three different types of prayers practiced by the people of Rome. Which gods to they pray to for each type of prayer? Are those prayers usually effective? Why or why not? Which type of prayers does Juvenal think are the most effective? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Juvenal's friend, Umbricius, is determined to not move away from Rome. Why does Umbricius feel that he must leave Rome? How does Juvenal react to Umbricius' move? Given the political state of Rome, which man's argument merits more of your empathy? Why?

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