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 characteristics did Juvenal dislike most in women?

2. How was Domitian killed?

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

4. How were the poor within Roman society treated?

5. Who is known as the Goddess of Fertility?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How did Caesar feel about the muses?

6. Why was Juvenal so proud of Catullus' actions?

7. According to Juvenal, what changed about humanity in the Ninth Age of Manhood?

8. What did Juvenal claim was the worst kind of wife to have?

9. What reason did Umbrucius give for wanting to move away from Rome?

10. Who were Demosthenes and Circero?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

When Trebius attends Virro's dinner party, he is shocked by the treatment that he receives. What segments of Virro's dinner party did Trebius find most startling? When discussing the party with Juvenal later, how did their opinions of the events differ? What point did Juvenal try to make about society by citing Trebius' experience at Virro's dinner party?

Essay Topic 2

Juvenal devotes Satire II to discussing the behavior of Roman men. First, list the behaviors that Juvenal labels as immoral in Satire II. Then, describe which of those behaviors Juvenal finds to be most bothersome and explain why. Finally, explain how Domitian acts as a prime example of Juvenal's argument about immorality.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout his writings, Juvenal voices his opinions about wealth and evil. First, compare/contrast the different ways that both rich and poor can be corrupted by wealth. What is the same about the two types of corruption? What is different? Upon comparing/contrasting the corruption of those two classes, cite which group seems more likely to be corrupted? Are you able to detect the reflection of your position in the text?

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