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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 manor where Virrio lived?

2. How would Juvenal rate his own writing skills?

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

4. Which of the following seafood types was considered to be the greatest delicacy?

5. What was the name of the Moorish groom?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did lawyers in Juvenal's society earn clients?

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

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

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

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

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

7. Who was Crispinus?

8. What did Juvenal consider to be the strongest vice in society during his time?

9. Why did Juvenal write poetry?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Juvenal's friend, Umbricius, is determined to not move away from Rome. Why does Umbricius feel that he must leave Rome? How does Juvenal react to Umbricius' move? Given the political state of Rome, which man's argument merits more of your empathy? Why?

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