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 rites did Juvenal mock, claiming them to lack a relation to women?

2. What institution did Augustus build in Rome?

3. Which of the following goddesses was NOT a muse?

4. Which of the following men did Juvenal consider a "dandy"?

5. Who is known as the Goddess of Fertility?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why did the Lords frequently hold dinner parties?

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

10. Who was Crispinus?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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'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?

Essay Topic 3

In Satire V, Juvenal describes the events of a typical dinner party at Virro's home. How does Virro's treatment of important guests and less important guests differ at his fancy dinner party? How does Virro's dinner party exemplify the complex relationship between clients and patrons in Rome?

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