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. Who is the narrator of this novel?

3. Why did Lords invite clients over for dinner?

4. Which of the following goddesses was NOT a muse?

5. Which of the following men upheld the "Family Encouragement Act"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did the Lords frequently hold dinner parties?

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

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

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

5. What advice was Postumus given when he decided that he would like to get married?

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

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

8. What did Juvenal find irritating about play-writing?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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?

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