The Sixteen Satires Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Calvinus want to happen to the man who had stolen his money?

2. According to Juvenal, which type of envy would get a man overthrown quickly?

3. During Juvenal's age of mankind, what did he claim to not have a mental base in men?

4. How did Calvinus feel about the money that he had lost?

5. How did Naevolus' lover react to the news that his wife was pregnant by another man?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Crispinus is acting as a fish monger, he makes a very lucky catch. First, explain how Crispinus managed to catch his prize. Then, explain how the prize made its way to the Emperor's table. Finally, explain how Rome, as a whole, was affected by the prize that Crispinus pulled out of the water.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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