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. When Juvenal heard that Catullus was returning home, he said that that day was happier than which other day?

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

3. Which of the following crimes did Persicus accuse Juvenal of committing?

4. Where did Naevolus work before leaving his job?

5. Why was Juvenal so proud of Catullus' quick action aboard the ship?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who was Rutilus, and what bad habit was he teaching his son?

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

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

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

6. Why were gourmands regularly mocked?

7. Who were Demosthenes and Circero?

8. What type of relationship did Naevolus have with Virro?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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