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. Who is known as the Goddess of Agriculture?

2. Which of the following eras was rife with adultery?

3. Who is known as the Goddess of Fertility?

4. Which of the following groups of people did Umbricius claim to have walked the streets looking for a fight?

5. Which of the following gods was described as a "beardless strapling"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Who was Emperor Domitian?

4. What conflict did Juvenal see in the way that teachers were treated by the parents of their students?

5. Who was Crispinus?

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

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

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

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

10. What was the relationship between clients and patrons in Juvenal's village?

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

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?

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