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. How was the woman seduced by Crispinus punished for her immoral action?

2. How would Juvenal rate his own writing skills?

3. What reason did Umbricius give for his departure from Rome?

4. What does Juvenal claim propelled him to write and share his creation with the world?

5. Who is known as the Goddess of Fertility?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What complaint did Umbricius have about the Roman court system?

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

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

In Satire II, Juvenal is particularly concerned with the vices of the Roman people. in Juvenal's opinion, what are the most common vices among them? How do those vices interact with the vices of those comprising the populace of the rest of the world? What fears does Juvenal express when discussing the vices of the Roman people and their future interactions throughout the world?

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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