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 was NOT something that Juvenal believed that all men should know about themselves?

2. What reason did Lateranus give for his immoral behavior?

3. Why did Naevolus leave his comfortable job in town?

4. According to Naevolus, the animal smoothed with which of the following was most dangerous?

5. Why did people in Rome mock gourmands?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What happened to the majority of the wealth that was in Rome during Nero's reign?

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

6. What event changed the way that Virro treated Naevolous, generating a change in his appearance?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the Satires Juvenal frequently refers to Homer's epic poem, The Iliad. Why do you think that The Iliad is such an important touchstone in Juvenal's life? In what situations does Juvenal refer back to it? Which characters in The Iliad seem most important to Juvenal's debates? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Postumus is Juvenal's friend who seeks advice about marriage. How does Postumus feel about marriage when he speaks with Juvenal? What advise about women did Juvenal give to Postumus during their conversation? According to Juvenal, what are the best types of wives to have? Which are the worst? Based on the advice that Juvenal gives, do you think that he is directing Postumus toward a happy or unhappy marriage? How can you tell?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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