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. Which of the following aspects of Juvenal's life did Persicus investigate?

2. During which age of mankind did Juvenal live?

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

4. Who was Naevolus' lover?

5. Which of the following characteristics was Blandus' only claim to nobility?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Catullus survive a sinking ship?

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

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

4. Who were Demosthenes and Circero?

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

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

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

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

9. Who was Rutilus, and what bad habit was he teaching his son?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Postumus is Juvenal's friend who seeks advice about marriage. How does Postumus feel about marriage when he speaks with Juvenal? What advise about women did Juvenal give to Postumus during their conversation? According to Juvenal, what are the best types of wives to have? Which are the worst? Based on the advice that Juvenal gives, do you think that he is directing Postumus toward a happy or unhappy marriage? How can you tell?

Essay Topic 3

In Satire I, Juvenal begins his speech with a disclaimer about the people whom he will and will not protect in his arguments. First, explain why you think that Juvenal felt the need to place that disclaimer at the beginning of the book. Then, explain whether Juvenal adhered to his word. Did he attack anyone personally? If so, whom? If not, do you think that his satires were as effective as they could have been, had he been a more attacking type of speaker?

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