The Sixteen Satires Test | Final 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. During the reign of which of the following were many Romans separated from their wealth and their assets seized?

2. Which of the following elements earned praise for thoroughbreds?

3. During which age of mankind did Juvenal live?

4. Which of the following prayers did Juvenal consider to be pointless?

5. How did Calvinus feel about the money that he had lost?

Short Essay Questions

1. What type of dinner party did Juvenal host when his friend Persicus went to visit him?

2. What bad behavior did daughters learn specifically from their mothers?

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

4. Why was Juvenal's celebration called into question by the legacy hunters?

5. Who were Demosthenes and Circero?

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

7. Why did Juvenal think that it was impossible for rich men to keep secrets?

8. What type of relationship did Fuscinus' son have with his wife?

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

10. How did Naevolus' appearance change over the course of his friendship with Juvenal?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the Satires Juvenal frequently refers to Homer's epic poem, The Iliad. Why do you think that The Iliad is such an important touchstone in Juvenal's life? In what situations does Juvenal refer back to it? Which characters in The Iliad seem most important to Juvenal's debates? Why?

Essay Topic 2

When Juvenal is discussing women with Postumus, he uses many famous women from the pages of history as examples to support his arguments, specifically Medea, Clytemnestra, Procne, Eriphyle, and Danaids. Choose two of those women, and compare/contrast their relationships with men. What point is Juvenal trying to make by using each of those women as examples in his arguments? How does the behavior of those women compare/contrast with the behavior of the women whom Juvenal sees in his society today?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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