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. In Juvenal's village, which of the following groups of people often pretended to have money in order to gain clients?

2. In Satire IV, who did the king call when he could not find a plate large enough for his meal?

3. What was the name of the slave-boy who was given as a gift to Virgil?

4. Who is known as the Goddess of Agriculture?

5. Why did Lords invite clients over for dinner?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who were Demosthenes and Circero?

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

4. How did Juvenal feel about Eppia's new husband?

5. How did Catullus survive a sinking ship?

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

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

8. Who was Crispinus?

9. Who was Rebellius Blandus, and why did Juvenal think that he was such a dishonorable man?

10. Who was Rutilus, and what bad habit was he teaching his son?

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 II, Juvenal is particularly concerned with the vices of the Roman people. in Juvenal's opinion, what are the most common vices among them? How do those vices interact with the vices of those comprising the populace of the rest of the world? What fears does Juvenal express when discussing the vices of the Roman people and their future interactions throughout the world?

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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