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

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

3. What was the name of the Moorish groom?

4. Which of the following groups of gods did Juvenal suggest should step in to stop the promiscuous atrocities affecting his society?

5. Which of the following characters was served the best bread at the dinner party?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did the Lords frequently hold dinner parties?

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

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

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

5. Why did Juvenal write poetry?

6. How did Caesar feel about the muses?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Satire IV, Crispinus is a very important individual. First, describe Crispinus' character and the sins that he is accused of committing. What type of relationship does Juvenal have with Crispinus, and how does that relationship change throughout Satire IV? Finally, explain which vice seems to be the driving force behind the sins of Crispinus. How does he balance that vice with his personal life?

Essay Topic 2

In Satire XIII, Juvenal argues about heritage versus nobility, using Rebellius Blandus as his main example. Why was Rebellius Blandus an important example in Juvenal's argument about nobility? How does Rebellius Blandus tie into Juvenal's overarching theme of horse racing in this Satire?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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