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. What type of wine did Trebius drink at the dinner party?

3. During which month of the year did the characters in "The Sixteen Satires" vacation in Saturnalia?

4. What did Umbricius claim to be the only thing that could get a man out of trouble in the court system?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Caesar feel about the muses?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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

Juvenal has a lot to say about political ambition, and the ambition for power. How does Juvenal feel about the men who seek political power? What are the benefits of political power? What are the drawbacks? Juvenal uses two men as prime examples in his argument about political power- -Cicero and Demosthenes. Describe each of those men, and their pursuit for power. Were the men successful, or did they fail in their pursuits?

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