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, how did the morals of ancient men compare to the morals of modern men?

2. From whom did Juvenal believe children learn bad morals?

3. Why did Virro want Naevolus killed?

4. Which of the following did Juvenal order in celebration for Catallus' safe return?

5. How many sons did Catullus have?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Who were Demosthenes and Circero?

7. What typically happened to the men who were brave enough to borrow money from Rome?

8. How did Catullus survive a sinking ship?

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

10. According to Juvenal, why was it a bad idea for parents to pray for attractive children?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

In Satire IV, Crispinus is a very important individual. First, describe Crispinus' character and the sins that he is accused of committing. What type of relationship does Juvenal have with Crispinus, and how does that relationship change throughout Satire IV? Finally, explain which vice seems to be the driving force behind the sins of Crispinus. How does he balance that vice with his personal life?

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