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. In Juvenal's opinion, well-raised children would grow into which of the following?

2. Which religion did Juvenal claim to be "a vice disguised as virtue"?

3. What type of plates did soldiers eat off of at Juvenal's dinner party?

4. How did the son who inherited the money in Satire XIV treat it?

5. What was the name of the father of Alexander the Great?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Catullus survive a sinking ship?

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

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

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

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

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

7. How did Juvenal feel about Rome's infatuation with pedigree?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Satire V, Juvenal describes the events of a typical dinner party at Virro's home. How does Virro's treatment of important guests and less important guests differ at his fancy dinner party? How does Virro's dinner party exemplify the complex relationship between clients and patrons in Rome?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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