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. How many children did Naevolus father with his lover's wife?

3. Which of the following words did Juvenal use to describe the negative effect that inheritances had on an individual?

4. What did Juvenal claim to be the single force that ruled mankind?

5. Which of the following men did NOT have to bury one of his children?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did Catullus survive a sinking ship?

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

4. Why were gourmands regularly mocked?

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

6. Which common behavior did Juvenal claim to be a degradation to pedigree?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Juvenal has very clear impressions about women. First, describe what Juvenal believes to have the capability of igniting a woman's passion. How does that passion affect the way that a woman treats her husband? How does it affect the way that she treats a lover? Is there anything in Juvenal's history that provides a deeper insight into his views on women? If so, what? If not, why do you think that Juvenal keeps that part of his life secretive?

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

As the Satires begin, Juvenal immediately begins to lambaste anyone who attempts to write poetry, even though he considers himself a poet. How does Juvenal feel that the public handles poetry? In his opinion, is poetry worth writing? Why or why not? Finally, explain what Juvenal's argument tells the reader about his personality.

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