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 Domitian killed?

2. Who is known as the Goddess of Agriculture?

3. In Satire II, with which of the following relatives was the condemned man accused of having an inappropriate relationship?

4. Who is the narrator of this novel?

5. Why did Lords invite clients over for dinner?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened to Calvinus' fortune, and what was his reaction?

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

3. How did Caesar feel about the muses?

4. What happened to the majority of the wealth that was in Rome during Nero's reign?

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

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

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

8. Why did Juvenal "prefer the company of a eunuch"?

9. In what ways did the goddess Fortune come into play in Catullus' story?

10. What did Juvenal think separated man from animals?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In Satire I, Juvenal begins his speech with a disclaimer about the people whom he will and will not protect in his arguments. First, explain why you think that Juvenal felt the need to place that disclaimer at the beginning of the book. Then, explain whether Juvenal adhered to his word. Did he attack anyone personally? If so, whom? If not, do you think that his satires were as effective as they could have been, had he been a more attacking type of speaker?

Essay Topic 2

The people of Rome are pray devoutly. First, describe at least three different types of prayers practiced by the people of Rome. Which gods to they pray to for each type of prayer? Are those prayers usually effective? Why or why not? Which type of prayers does Juvenal think are the most effective? Why?

Essay Topic 3

When Juvenal is discussing women with Postumus, he uses many famous women from the pages of history as examples to support his arguments, specifically Medea, Clytemnestra, Procne, Eriphyle, and Danaids. Choose two of those women, and compare/contrast their relationships with men. What point is Juvenal trying to make by using each of those women as examples in his arguments? How does the behavior of those women compare/contrast with the behavior of the women whom Juvenal sees in his society today?

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