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 believe is wasted when producing bad play-writing?

2. In Juvenal's village, which of the following occupations was most likely to make an individual a lot of money?

3. Which of the following men did Juvenal consider a "dandy"?

4. Which of the following characters spent his days dreaming of battle?

5. Why were waiters assigned to each of the guests at the dinner party?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Who was Emperor Domitian?

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

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

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

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

8. What type of meal was Trebius served at Virro's dinner party?

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

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

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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