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. Juvenal opined that just as adults cleaned their homes, they should also clean which of the following?

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

3. Which of the following gift requests was denied to Naevolus by his lover?

4. Which of the following acts did Juvenal consider to be a degradation to heritage?

5. On which of the following did the father in Satire XIV spend all of his money?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened to Calvinus' fortune, and what was his reaction?

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

3. What happened to the majority of the wealth that was in Rome during Nero's reign?

4. In what ways did the goddess Fortune come into play in Catullus' story?

5. What event changed the way that Virro treated Naevolous, generating a change in his appearance?

6. According to Juvenal, why was the prayer for long life a foolish one?

7. Who were Demosthenes and Circero?

8. What example did the father who built buildings in Satire XIV set for his son?

9. Why did Persicus dine at Juvenal's home?

10. Why were gourmands regularly mocked?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Throughout his writings, Juvenal voices his opinions about wealth and evil. First, compare/contrast the different ways that both rich and poor can be corrupted by wealth. What is the same about the two types of corruption? What is different? Upon comparing/contrasting the corruption of those two classes, cite which group seems more likely to be corrupted? Are you able to detect the reflection of your position in the text?

Essay Topic 3

Juvenal has very strong opinions about Roman teachers, their pupils, and the pupils' parents. First, describe the role that teachers play in Roman society. Then, compare/contrast the way that teachers are treated by their students with the way that they are treated by their students' parents. What is Juvenal's reaction to the treatment that teachers in Rome receive? Do you agree with his position? Why or why not?

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