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. Which of the following items were referred to as "gallica"?

2. What reason did Umbricius give for his departure from Rome?

3. Which of the following animal types was Meleager?

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

5. Who is the narrator of this novel?

Short Essay Questions

1. What reason did Umbrucius give for wanting to move away from Rome?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Who was Emperor Domitian?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Juvenal devotes Satire II to discussing the behavior of Roman men. First, list the behaviors that Juvenal labels as immoral in Satire II. Then, describe which of those behaviors Juvenal finds to be most bothersome and explain why. Finally, explain how Domitian acts as a prime example of Juvenal's argument about immorality.

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

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?

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