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 adjectives did Juvenal use to describe Blandus?

2. What type of material did men in Rome use to construct their tables before the city grew rich from war?

3. Which of the following item types concerned gourmands the most?

4. According to Juvenal, how did the gods react when men cried out for money?

5. Which of the following men was destroyed for his talent?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What bad behavior did daughters learn specifically from their mothers?

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

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

8. Who were Demosthenes and Circero?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

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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