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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. In Satire IV, which of the following characters did NOT advise the king about his exceptionally large meal?

2. What was the name of the manor where Virrio lived?

3. What name did Juvenal give Crispinus after hearing about his infamous seduction?

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

5. Which of the following emperors was the only one who respected the muses?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Aside from adultery, what other problems did Juvenal claim would plague a married couple?

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

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

5. Who was Crispinus?

6. Who was Emperor Domitian?

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

8. What did Juvenal consider to be the strongest vice in society during his time?

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

10. How did the drunks in Rome take advantage of the poor?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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