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. What was the name of the Moorish groom?

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

3. According to Juvenal, which of the following will inherit the longings and vices of the world?

4. Which of the following did Juvenal claim to be the only thing that dictated fortune?

5. Which of the following characters poisons for a living?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What were the effects of the loss of private patronage for artists?

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

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

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

7. How did Juvenal feel about the way that Trebius was treated at Virro's dinner party?

8. What complaint did Umbricius have about Roman landlords?

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

10. Why did Juvenal write poetry?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

When Crispinus is acting as a fish monger, he makes a very lucky catch. First, explain how Crispinus managed to catch his prize. Then, explain how the prize made its way to the Emperor's table. Finally, explain how Rome, as a whole, was affected by the prize that Crispinus pulled out of the water.

Essay Topic 3

In Satire V, Juvenal describes the events of a typical dinner party at Virro's home. How does Virro's treatment of important guests and less important guests differ at his fancy dinner party? How does Virro's dinner party exemplify the complex relationship between clients and patrons in Rome?

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