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. Why did Lords invite clients over for dinner?

2. Who eloped with Eppia?

3. Which of the following men was married to a fellow male performer?

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

5. Why were artists unable to revel in their artistry?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was Juvenal so proud of Catullus' actions?

2. What example did the father who built buildings in Satire XIV set for his son?

3. According to Juvenal, what changed about humanity in the Ninth Age of Manhood?

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

5. What type of relationship did Naevolus have with Virro?

6. What happened during the wars between Ombi and Tentyra?

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

8. What happened to the majority of the wealth that was in Rome during Nero's reign?

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

10. What complaint did Umbricius have about Roman landlords?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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