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. Why did Naevolus leave his comfortable job in town?

2. Which of the following men did Juvenal compare to Nero?

3. Which herb did Juvenal advise Naevolus to chew as an aphrodisiac?

4. What reason did Lateranus give for his immoral behavior?

5. What type of material did men in Rome use to construct their tables before the city grew rich from war?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why were gourmands regularly mocked?

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

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

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

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

7. What comparison did Juvenal make of the morality of his day to the morality of ancient days?

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

9. How did Juvenal determine which men were good rulers?

10. What was Juvenal's response to Calvinus' financial plight?

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

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 3

In Satire XI, Juvenal hosts a dinner party for friends. First, describe the type of food and drink that Juvenal serves at his party. How does that serving compare/contrast to the meal served at Virro's dinner party in Satire V? What did Juvenal hope to accomplish by hosting that party? Do you think that he was successful? Why or why not?

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