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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 genres does Juvenal write in?

2. Which of the following characters was best characterized as a cheapskate?

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

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

5. Which of the following groups of people did Umbricius consider to be the most dishonest?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why did the Lords frequently hold dinner parties?

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why did Juvenal write poetry?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As the Satires begin, Juvenal immediately begins to lambaste anyone who attempts to write poetry, even though he considers himself a poet. How does Juvenal feel that the public handles poetry? In his opinion, is poetry worth writing? Why or why not? Finally, explain what Juvenal's argument tells the reader about his personality.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Juvenal has very strong opinions about Roman teachers, their pupils, and the pupils' parents. First, describe the role that teachers play in Roman society. Then, compare/contrast the way that teachers are treated by their students with the way that they are treated by their students' parents. What is Juvenal's reaction to the treatment that teachers in Rome receive? Do you agree with his position? Why or why not?

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