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 does the narrator claim is being recycled in bad play-writing?

2. How were the poor within Roman society treated?

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

4. What was Trebius served for his main course at the dinner party?

5. Which of the following genres does Juvenal write in?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Juvenal claim was the worst kind of wife to have?

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

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

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

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

6. How did Caesar feel about the muses?

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

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

9. What complaint did Umbricius have about Roman landlords?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Juvenal has very clear impressions about women. First, describe what Juvenal believes to have the capability of igniting a woman's passion. How does that passion affect the way that a woman treats her husband? How does it affect the way that she treats a lover? Is there anything in Juvenal's history that provides a deeper insight into his views on women? If so, what? If not, why do you think that Juvenal keeps that part of his life secretive?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Naevolus is a friend of Juvenal's who is living a life that lacks Juvenal's approval. First, describe Naevolus' physicality. How has his appearance changed over the course of his relationship with Juvenal? What part of Naevolus' life has led to the change in his appearance? How does Juvenal feel about the life changes that Naevolus has undergone?

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